SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched 21 new satellites into low-Earth orbit from California in the early hours of Monday morning. These satellites are part of the Starlink constellation, which aims to provide global broadband internet coverage.
Starlink is a series of thousands of satellites deployed by SpaceX that orbit close to Earth. The satellites are visible to the naked eye under specific viewing conditions and clear skies. They appear as a “satellite train,” a lineup of satellites resembling train cars.
While there are currently no favorable viewing times in Minneapolis for the next five days, there will be an opportunity to see the satellites on Friday, September 29. Under average conditions, they may be visible for approximately five minutes starting at around 6:03 a.m. Another chance to spot the newest Starlink satellites will be on Monday night at around 7:34 p.m., but visibility in the Minneapolis area will be poor.
For those living near Duluth, Minnesota, there will be good conditions to observe the new satellites on Monday night. They will be visible from west to northeast at around 8:07 p.m. for about four minutes.
To find out the specific visibility timings of the satellite train in your city, you can refer to Starlink’s website.
The successful launch and deployment of these 21 satellites contribute to the growing Starlink network, which aims to provide reliable and accessible internet connectivity worldwide.