Launch has been scrubbed – New launch date and time TBD.
The launch will now take place on Saturday July 11th at 19:00 BST. Watch the launch live below and then watch it pass over the UK after.
During the Coronavirus lockdown many of the UK public have been looking up each evening. Above all, they have seen meteors the ISS and trains of SpaceX Starlink satellites fly over their homes.
On Saturday 11th July 2020 we are in for a treat. We can watch a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch a new batch of Starlink satellites live from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It may be possible to watch it and its payload of 57 Starlink satellites pass over the UK after launch. If the launch goes ahead, it may be visible 15 minutes after launch in the UK.
It may be visible later in the evening. Looking similar to what the Space Station looks like when it passes over, but slightly less bright. If so, It may be possible to see the satellites start to deploy as the group of objects pass over. A train of satellites resembling a string of pearls across the sky may occur later and following evenings after. More info on how to see the train of new Starlink satellites will be posted on social media. The first visible pass after the launch is to be confirmed. Details will be posted sooner to the time.
This will be the 10th batch of Starlink Satellites – Designated Starlink 9. This will bring the current total of Starlink Satellites in orbit to around 1000. There will be two BlackSky Global micro satellites hitching a lift on this launch also.
The Starlink launch is expected to be 22:00 BST (UK Time). This may change so stay up to date on launch timings with @VirtualAstro on twitter and Facebook.
The final stage of the rocket and its cargo of satellites should be visible approximately 10 – 15 minutes after launch.
Please note: Northern parts of the UK, especially Scotland may not be able to see the spacecraft immediately after launch. This is due to sunset times. However, you should be able to see the satellites on consecutive passes. Follow @VirtualAstro on twitter and Facebook for info.
How to Watch The Starlink Launch and Later Pass
You can watch the launch live below.
Read more about Starlink here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceX_Starlink
Can’t be the April Launch. The date line is “by VirtualAstro | Jun 24, 2020” and it says “On Friday 26th June 2020 we are in for a treat” so must be tonight’s launch that they are talking about
Can I see this from France?
Was totally looking forward to seeing it tonight…now have to wait til tomorrow for the launch, but not over UK…again..!?
It’s still going to be pretty light in the UK so not sure we would see much even if the weather was onside
Check the date of the posts please before commenting! Some are referring to the April launch not the June one!!
Is there some way I can get a detailed flight path please. The grandson wants to watch, it’s late in the UK so need to make sure it will be worth keeping him up
There is no detailed flightpath yet.
will this be able to be seen over Torbay s/west England on the 23 april 2020 and what time please
Only got the information this morning. Very disappointed!
But the launch and pass is tomorrow…
The original comment was from April. Is this page an edited version from then?
Lyn its tomorrow… might help if you read the date and check what day it is before being disappointed.
Haven’t they read this piece?
What were they watching on April 22nd?
Boris (?), it might help if you read the date on Lyn’s post. She wrote that in April. (I thought the same as you at first though)
Why are you saying it’s satellites when I have pictures/video footage of something things completely different from satellites
You cant possibly have footage of them as they havent launched yet. Its tomorrow (Thursday!q
Notice the date of the comment – it was about a launch in April.
I next see thdm over Southern England?
If you just take 2 minutes to read the whole article it tells you the time.
Absolutely insane watching the launch from the state via your link and then seeing it 20 minutes later fly over our house in Manchester, UK… congratulations to everyone involved and stay safe… Stuart, Natalie, Evie & Amelie
Not visible over Ireland. Went and had a look
Probably because the launch is tomorrow… ?????
Omg that is remarkable, just shows what you can see when there’s no pollution.
I don’t know what it looks like in case I see it
?AWESOME!! BEST thing this lousy year for sure! Thank You!?
Why is the viewing of Starlink 6 and indeed other Starlinks so prominent for this time?