Occasionally, on a clear night sky, you may notice a string of lights floating across the sky. Contrary to popular belief, these lights are not UFOs, but rather a string of satellites known as Starlink.
According to Starlink’s website, it is the world’s first and largest satellite constellation that utilizes a low Earth orbit to provide broadband internet capable of supporting activities such as streaming and gaming.
Unlike traditional geostationary satellites that orbit the Earth at altitudes of over 30,000 kilometers (or 18,600 miles), Starlink satellites operate much closer, approximately 550 kilometers (or 341 miles) above the Earth’s surface.
Starlink satellites are designed with small flat panels and a dense launch stack. This design enables them to take advantage of the launch capabilities of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Although many people spot these lights in the sky without actively searching for them, there is a way to track them. Starlink offers a service called “Find Starlink” that calculates the timing of satellite visibility based on your location. By utilizing this service, you can determine when the satellites will be passing above your area.
One of the main purposes of Starlink’s internet service is to provide high-speed and low-latency connectivity to rural and remote locations. This offers opportunities for individuals residing in such areas to access reliable internet services.
For more information about Starlink and its services, you can visit their website.