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Discussion: starlink-9 launch this afternoon, pass visible tonight

in: ken; ken > 2020-06-25

Jun 26, 2020 6:18 PM # 
SpaceX will attempt to launch the next group of 57 starlink sats this afternoon at 4:18 PM EDT. Livestream will be here. They will attempt to recover-but-not-catch the fairing halves.

We'll get our first look at these tonight, but its a relatively low pass in the N just after 10:50 PM EDT. You'll need a low northern horizon to see it. It will pass below Polaris. Will be better for points north. Here's the sky chart for D.C.:

sky chart for 10:50 PM EDT pass

There should be some better evening passes over the next few days. I'll try to keep an eye out as they update the orbits. However tonight is worth looking since it will be just 6 hrs after launch. Should be a very compact group.
Jun 26, 2020 6:30 PM # 
Gaa! They just scrubbed today's launch. No reason given yet.

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