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#1 spacemunkee

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Posted 03 December 2021 - 07:38 PM

Move to forum as seen fit. 

Was going out to open obs, looked up, and long line of tightly packed points of light  moving slowly SW to NE very slowly...

Guessing recent launch catching sun over horizon back at me? Crazy/amazing sight! Best quick cell pick could do before...gone!!

(Resize made it even worse)

 

 

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#2 ShaulaB

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Posted 03 December 2021 - 07:59 PM

To me, these satellites flying in formation look like a Cylon attack force, but to each his own.
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Posted 03 December 2021 - 09:02 PM

Didn't see this occurrence but I've seen those Starlink satellites before. Pretty confusing if you have no idea what they are. 



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Posted 03 December 2021 - 09:12 PM

Can’t wait till there’s 70,000 more.
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#5 spacemunkee

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Posted 03 December 2021 - 10:30 PM

I'll definitely agree I could do without them, but to look up and see the sight is mesmerizing for a moment. Confusing for a moment until you realize what it must be. Then POOF!, gone... Trying to explain to the wife "Earth here, Sun there, sats there, reflected light.. Oh, nevermind!"lol.gif  



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Posted 04 December 2021 - 12:03 AM

Yup. Saw them on e. Kansas about 2100 or so. They looked far away, possibly over western KS or even Colorado when I saw them.

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Posted 04 December 2021 - 04:09 AM

I saw them for the first time today(12/4) at twilight, just to the east of Palomar Mountain, SoCal. I have to say it did look rather cool, like a dotted line of burning embers.


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#8 spacemunkee

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Posted 04 December 2021 - 08:35 AM

I saw them for the first time today(12/4) at twilight, just to the east of Palomar Mountain, SoCal. I have to say it did look rather cool, like a dotted line of burning embers.

That's a pretty fitting description as to what it looked like. 



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Posted 04 December 2021 - 03:41 PM

Matt,

Saw this from Dayton as well. Freaky!



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Posted 04 December 2021 - 04:00 PM

Saw them last night also...had the scope out observing the Pleiades and turned around and this caught my eye.  The movement was from SW to NE and just about the time it passed overhead (1845L) I lost sight.  I'm just north of Pikes Peak at 9000' ASL and it was exceptionally clear last night.  Got a wonderful view of the Orion Nebula, first time that I've seen it...plenty of "Wow" for this newbie.  According to their website, I have a good shot at seeing it again tonight.



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Posted 04 December 2021 - 04:11 PM

Predicted to be bright again around here about 6:24PM. 

https://findstarlink.com/#4508722;3



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Posted 04 December 2021 - 04:58 PM

I was in western AZ last night, and the satellites came right over zenith at my location. It was so dark out they dominated the sky. Pretty cool.

12/3/21 Sky Link Sighting

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Posted 04 December 2021 - 08:53 PM

Caught them tonight right on predicted time, and instead of like last night where they were only visible for a short distance and disappeared before zenith, tonight they appeared further to the south at about 45 degrees up and made their way all the way into the far NE sky before fading out. 


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Posted 04 December 2021 - 10:09 PM

Our mystery is solved. A fellow member of the Central Pennsylvania Observers suggested Starlink. My wife did a Google search for starlink and found a website for SpaceX Starlink. The site included photos that matched up with what she saw.

 

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Posted 04 December 2021 - 10:17 PM

There was a Starlink launch from Cape Canaveral on Thursday.  The first few days after a launch are when you will see these type bright processions.


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Posted 04 December 2021 - 10:29 PM

We had an appearance tonight, 30 degrees up at around mag 4.6. Couldn't see them, even with EWA Rangemasters! 


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Posted 05 December 2021 - 04:32 PM

Move to forum as seen fit. 

Was going out to open obs, looked up, and long line of tightly packed points of light  moving slowly SW to NE very slowly...

Guessing recent launch catching sun over horizon back at me? Crazy/amazing sight! Best quick cell pick could do before...gone!!

(Resize made it even worse)

I saw one the same night Matt. My first time ever... Was not aware what it was so it blew me away. Very bright for a couple minutes then faded out. Just after dusk and was just setting up so my cameras were not at the ready. Best I could do was iPhone. You'd think at first glance it was a plane or satellite in a timed exposure until you notice the stars are relatively pinpoint. The size of it really amazed me.  I think the one I saw was from group 4-3, probably launched 12/2.

 

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 09:01 PM

I saw it last night in Ohio at around 6:30pm or so. I'd heard about them, but was completely astounded by the sheer size of it.

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 09:17 AM

I was just beginning to set up for some viewing and I saw the same thing.  It was Saturday night and I am in Perry GA.  I had a feeling that it was Starling but couldn't be sure.  Pretty fascinating but a great way to ruin the night sky.



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Posted 06 December 2021 - 12:39 PM

There was a Starlink launch from Cape Canaveral on Thursday.  The first few days after a launch are when you will see these type bright processions.

Is there an online schedule or alert for Starlink launches? I've done some Google searches, but I am not finding anything.

 

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 02:24 PM

Is there an online schedule or alert for Starlink launches? I've done some Google searches, but I am not finding anything.

 

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The “Space Launch Schedule” app is excellent for tracking launches.  You can also periodically check the SpaceX website.


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Posted 17 December 2021 - 09:02 PM

Matt,

Saw this from Dayton as well. Freaky!

Saw it up here in Marion/Bucyrus area too.  I was like where is my gun....we are being invaded!



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Posted 18 December 2021 - 06:26 PM

In the Binos forum 12/02:

 

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Posted 30 December 2021 - 11:24 PM

I drove out to the club observatory site on the one evening when clear skies and a recent Starlink launch coincided.  Got fair video of the cluster-pass with an airplane crossing the chain at the beginning, a lot of shaky manual repositioning in the middle (90mm full frame) on a very cold pan-tilt fluid-head that's not made to point up, and a nice bit with the chain going into the Earth's shadow.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=ovh5tCziVnc

 

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