Look up! Recently-launched SpaceX Starlink satellites may be visible Saturday, Sunday evenings

Southwest Virginia has two opportunities to see the newly-launched satellite train

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ROANOKE, Va. – A new train of SpaceX’s Starlink satellites was launched Thursday. Shortly after launch, these satellites can be visible in the night sky.

Southwest Virginia has two opportunities to see the newly-launched train of satellites. Below is an over-simplified version of what these look like in the night sky.

An overly-simplified view of what the Starlink flyover looks like

Both Saturday and Sunday evenings, these will start northwest and move southeast. Saturday evening, this train reaches a peak height of 42° above the surface around 8:44. Sunday evening, the train reaches a peak height of 57° above the surface at 8:56 p.m.

Two viewings of the SpaceX Starlink satellites

If you happen to see this and get a picture or video, send them here.

Information for the flyover in our area was calculated on Heavens Above.

You can learn more about the Starlink mission by clicking here.


About the Author:

Meteorologist Chris Michaels is an American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certified Broadcaster, forecasting weather conditions in southwest Virginia on WSLS 10 News from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays on Virginia Today.