Sat. Sep 30th, 2023
Starlink Satellites Visible in Fort St. John Night Sky Until September 28th

Fort St. John residents may have noticed a mysterious string of lights moving across the night sky, but there’s no need to worry, it’s not a UFO. These lights are actually part of the Starlink satellite train, operated by Elon Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX.

Starlink is a satellite internet constellation that aims to provide coverage to over 60 countries. SpaceX started launching Starlink satellites in 2019. According to Spot The Station, an extension of NASA, residents in Fort St. John will be able to observe the satellite train until Thursday, September 28th. The website provides a list of dates, times, and locations for potential sightings of the Starlink satellites.

For instance, on Friday, the satellite will be visible at 9:07 p.m. for approximately two minutes before disappearing. It will appear at 10 degrees above south-southwest (SSW) and vanish at 19 degrees above south-southeast (SSE) with a maximum height of 19 degrees.

To measure where the Starlink satellites will become visible in the night sky, NASA suggests that skywatchers hold their fists at arm’s length, with their fist resting on the horizon. The top of their hand will represent approximately 10 degrees elevation.

In addition to Friday night, Spot The Station predicts that the Starlink satellites may be visible on multiple occasions throughout Saturday and Sunday in Fort St. John. On Saturday at 8:20 p.m., the satellite will appear at 10 degrees above SSW for about three minutes before disappearing at 13 degrees above SSE, with a maximum height of 16 degrees. Later, at 9:55 p.m., it will briefly appear for one minute at 10 degrees above southwest (SW) before vanishing at 19 degrees above SW with a maximum height of 19 degrees.

On Sunday night, the satellite will be visible for three minutes at ten degrees above SW before disappearing at 29 degrees above SSE, with a maximum height of 29 degrees.

There are 16 other potential sighting predictions between September 18th and 28th.