Starlink Satellites Overhead

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Starlink Satellites Overhead
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By Chuck Cagara

Speaking of Elon Musk, I decided to venture outside on Sunday night to have a gander at the latest group of Starlink Satellites that launched recently.

This "train" of 60 small orbs (not all are visible in this photo) flew by at 9:18pm and made for quite a spectacle, especially since there is much ado being made about recently released UFO information and the widely anticipated upcoming governmental report on the subject.

To quote from a character in the 1951 thriller, 'The Thing From Another World,' "Keep watching the skies!"

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tMo Jun 01, 2021 08:27 AM
Starlink Satellites Overhead

All so we can watch the Youtubes.
Hope they never start falling to earth....nah, never happen.

PitMix Jun 01, 2021 07:23 AM
Starlink Satellites Overhead

How do you get a broadband signal from a satellite that is moving relative to your position? I thought those satellites would be in geostationary orbits?

Curmudgeon Jun 01, 2021 08:33 AM
Starlink Satellites Overhead

PIT - Starlink sats while orbiting will "hand off" signals kind of like your cell phone connecting from one tower to another as you drive.

macpuzl May 31, 2021 09:32 PM
Starlink Satellites Overhead

Next significant bunch for us comes by on Thursday, June 3, starting at 9:22 PM, initially a few from SSW-NE, then NW-ESE.

Minibeast May 31, 2021 03:59 PM
Starlink Satellites Overhead

Chuck Cagara: Adding to space junk? Curious to know your opinion on this. ------------https://micky.com.au/spacex-ceo-elon-musks-starlink-satellites-might-cause-kessler-syndrome/

Curmudgeon Jun 01, 2021 11:50 AM
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JAK - With all of our "problems," I sometimes yearn for the halcyon days of my 1950s youth. We had 3 tv channels, one or two independent stations that mostly produced "snow," and an AM transistor radio so we could listen to New York Yankees baseball games from the big burg. We played outside for most of the day like "wild indians" and came in tuckered out and happy.

Now I spend the day trying to remember what seems like 600 passwords, erasing a double plethora of junk emails and trying to keep all of my time-saving, "improve-your-life" technology up and running. Yes, we come to the end of the day still tuckered out, but for the wrong reasons.

jak Jun 01, 2021 11:16 AM
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Curmudgeon, I hear that loud and clear. I moved to a small southern town a few years ago. Too small to have any internet regulations. As a result I had my choice of about twenty plans from five different companies plus satellite and cellular ranging in price from $20/month for 20 mb speeds on up to $200/month for gigabit fios. In the end we opted to negotiate a bring your own modem deal at 7.50 per month with no contract and no guaranteed speed. Good enough to stream YouTube for a couple months until we bought a place. Unfortunately, we bought just a little too far outside of town. We now pay $95/month for eight stacked ultra slow dsl connections. Our only alternatives? Satellite, rural cellular, or bury our own fios to get to the hub that serves the local cell tower. Our local power coop carryinternet but the feds are still blocking them from selling connections, they can only use it for reading meters. Bummer, it would be very slow but also essentially free except for taxes. Starlink? We’ll have to wait and see but it could be really attractive to us.

Curmudgeon May 31, 2021 05:55 PM
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East - You make a good point, but widespread competition would still not have helped the vast population that does not reside in an urban setting where infrastructure cost per user is attractive compared to the more rural populace. I, for example, am forced to use DSL at a particular rural location. Starlink might be a godsend in that case. Stay tuned...

EastBeach May 31, 2021 05:34 PM
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Mini - interesting link. IMHO had the FCC not quashed net neutrality in favor of the big telecom giants (i.e. Cox, Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, etc.) that might have opened the door to widespread/competitively-priced internet access as is the case in many other countries (e.g. UK, South Korea). Then there would be no need for Starlink and less orbital chaos and disruption to terrestrial astronomical research (their sun visors apparently aren't effective enough).

Happy2BeSB May 31, 2021 04:44 PM
Starlink Satellites Overhead

Starlink recently lowered their altitude to about 550 km so that atmospheric drag clears out most of their orbital debris. Iridium and OneWeb have much higher orbits (~750km and 1200km, respectively), so debris from collisions with those satellites would remain in orbit forever.

Curmudgeon May 31, 2021 04:16 PM
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MINIBEAST - An interesting and worrisome concept. On the one hand, high-speed worldwide internet access for all is a desirable and egalitarian goal. On the other, the Kessler Syndrome could be cataclysmic. What to do? In John Steinbeck's "East of Eden," a character asks of the protagonist, "If I had a medicine that could cure you but might also kill you, should I give it to you?"

Curmudgeon May 31, 2021 01:28 PM
Starlink Satellites Overhead

Comment 349 - Here is a link to a web site to find viewing times: https://findstarlink.com

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