Starlink Satellite Night Sky

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Starlink is a massive satellite system that intends to provide high-speed Internet access to even the most remote parts of the planet.

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Since 2015, Elon Musk's SpaceX has been developing and building it. Satellites are sent into orbit in groups.

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As of now, 13 batches of solar-powered satellites have been launched into space, with 775 currently orbiting the Earth.

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SpaceX eventually wants to establish a gigantic 12,000-satellite constellation, with the number potentially expanding to 42,000 in the future.

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Launches of Starlink have people staring up and wondering what in the world they are seeing for the first time.

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Depending on clear skies and the trajectory of the launch, the ascending SpaceX rocket carrying Starlink satellites can create a massive light plume in the sky.

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People on the coasts are more likely to view the launch plume when the rocket leaves Kennedy or Vandenberg.

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Then, as the satellites are freed from the rocket and begin to ascend into their orbits, people perceive them as a train-like line of lights.

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This string of lights can be seen days after launch. Each dot represents a Starlink satellite, and there are 46 or more leaving Earth for orbit.

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