Starlink Launch – Watch the next batch of Starlink 11 Satellites blast off from Kennedy Space Center LIVE.
SpaceX is targeting Thursday, September 3rd at 08:46 a.m. EDT, 13:46 BST, for launch of its tenth Starlink mission – Starlink 11. Launching 60 Starlink satellites to orbit. Falcon 9 will lift off from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida and you can watch live here.
Also look out for the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket returning and landing safely live on a drone ship in the Atlantic This will happen after the Starlink launch. A hi-light of SpaceX launches.
In addition to this, It may be possible to spot the newly deployed Starlink satellites in the evenings ahead. They will appear as a line of stars looking like a string of pearls moving across the sky. For more info on when and where to see this and other wonders of the night sky, follow @VirtualAstro on twitter and Facebook for alerts. Also, keep an eye out on this website for Space Station passes and more in the days and weeks ahead.
Above all, International Space Station passes over the UK start in September and will be as spectacular as ever. Keep an eye out for times and how to see the ISS pass over you on on meteorwatch.org soon. Enjoy the Starlink launch
What is Starlink?
You may be wondering while watching the Starlink launch, what Starlink is. Starlink is a new Space based internet network intended to serve blanket internet signal to every point on Earth. Currently, it’s quite difficult getting internet in wilder or remote places.
However, several thousand satellites are required for this to work and Starlink won’t be the only Satellite network up there. Astronomers, stargazers and people for rely on the night sky for work, pleasure and wellbeing are worried about the impact of tens of thousands of satellites swarming in the night sky.
SpaceX are introducing measures to reduce the visibility of starlink satellites to the naked eye, but they are still a menace to professional and amateur ground based astronomy.