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I captured the newly launched SpaceX Starlink satellites on video

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#1 t_image

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 11:12 PM

So I thought I'd give it a try using potential orbital elements and using the reports from other sightings to estimate a visible pass.

 

I went out with minimal gear this morn, decided to skip recording in 4K as well as my normal use of a display to get the shot perfect.

Sure enough they showed up.

I couldn't believe how tightly grouped they were. I should have brought a longer lens outside.

 

They looked at first like a plane contrail until I zoomed in for focus.

 

Cropped in major and this clip is short due to GIF size limit....

Unseen in this clip is a few stragglers in tow following behind more spaced-apart...

 

While I'm not a fan of the plan, I salute SpaceX and all their success...

 

And for those who missed the light show, they'll be more.  Many more.....

 

SpaceX Starlink satellites

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Realtime motion video....


Edited by t_image, 24 May 2019 - 11:13 PM.

 

#2 ADIEL

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 01:03 AM

Not a fan. With 24000 of these satellites we won't have to imagine grid lines anymore, they will be visible!


 

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 01:13 AM

I'm sorry, only 12,000, but still.....


 

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 03:24 AM

Those appear fairly bright. What is the mag estimate?


 

#5 Astroman007

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 05:26 PM

****...

 

While I'm not a fan of the plan, I salute SpaceX and all their success...

Same here.

 

I love ya, Musk and SpaceX. But why? frown.gif


 

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 05:30 PM

And on top of the negative impact on astronomical pursuits, that'll be one more thing used to obfuscate the UFO phenomenon. Just great.


 

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 12:21 AM

What's the purpose of the light show. Many more of them? A perpetual string of pearls in orbit? How beautiful.

 

Edit: https://www.universe...rter-lifespans/


Edited by Asbytec, 26 May 2019 - 07:11 AM.

 

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 11:07 AM

Ongoing thread here.


 


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