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Tonight the Satellites will be able to be seen above Irish sky’s with the increasing chance due to clearer weather looking more likely tonight. Some parts of the west, northwest and west will see some heavy showers but you may get a break and get to view the train of satellites.

The Pass will be visible from 22:26 Sunday night and go out of view around 22:31. The train of satellites will come into view to the south and leave to the south.

If you fancy staying up till just after midnight then there will be another pass which will come into view at around 12:02am Monday morning and leave to the southeast around 12:08am. The train of satellites will come into view to the southwest and leave to the south.

A even better view of the satellites will be visible again at 1:39am and leave at 1:44am Monday morning and again at 3:16am the will again be visible before going out of view at 3:21am. This is when the view will be at its best as the train of satellites will come into view to the west and leave to the southwest.

Below you can find of what the display will look like.

On May 23rd, SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites onboard a single Falcon 9 rocket. It was the first step of an ambitious plan to surround the planet and provide Internet service to every corner of the globe. Hours later, sky watchers got a glimpse of the Starlink swarm. "It was one of the most spectacular things I have every seen," reports  Marco Langbroek, who made this video in Leiden, the Netherlands:


The SpaceX company has begun the roll-out of its orbiting broadband system.

A Falcon-9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida late on Thursday, packed with 60 satellites capable of giving users on the ground high-speed connections to the internet.

Entrepreneur Elon Musk's firm aims eventually to loft nearly 12,000 spacecraft for its "Starlink" network.

SpaceX is one of several commercial outfits with permission to fly an internet mega-constellation.

Others include the UK-based start-up OneWeb, which began its roll-out in February with six operational spacecraft.

Online retailer Amazon also has ambitions in this market. It's working on a 3,200-satellite proposal known as Project Kuiper.

All the concepts envisage flying spacecraft in a low-Earth orbit less than 2,000km above the planet. This will minimise the delay, or latency, in the internet connections.

The Falcon lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 22:30 local time (02:30 GMT, Friday).

Deployment of the Starlink satellites was successfully completed just over an hour into the flight, SpaceX announced.


Each satellite weighs 227kg, has multiple high-throughput antennas and a single solar array, the SpaceX CEO explained in a briefing last week.

The platforms are also equipped with electric propulsion - a system that expels electrically charged atoms of krypton to provide thrust.

The engine is needed to lift a Starlink from its drop-off altitude of 440km to its operational height of 550km.

The propulsion system will also act to maintain the satellite's correct position in the sky, and to bring it down at the end of its service life.

Mr Musk said the newly launched Starlinks were an iterative design and later platforms would have a higher specification, featuring for example inter-satellite links.

It was "one of the hardest engineering projects I've ever seen done," he said, and cautioned that much could go wrong in the early phases of the roll-out.



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