SpaceX Starlink satellites viewed from the Netherlands on May 24, 2019 / Marco Langbroek
I’d seen the video and read the reports, but that still didn’t prepare me for the sight of 60 satellites — yes, 60 — chugging along in a straight line last night. Launched on May 23, they were only the first volley in what will become a web of 12,000 Starlink satellites that provide fast, space-based, global internet service. If you guessed this idea was the brainchild of SpaceX’s Elon Musk, you are correct.
Successful deployment of Starlink satellites in orbit. We see all 60 folded up tight. Shortly after, they separated by simply spreading apart from each other like a deck of cards to form the remarkable “sky train.” SpaceX
The Starlink train first appeared in the west at 11:25 p.m. and looked like a faint thread of light about 10° long (one fist) like the most perfectly ordered flock of geese. As it drew higher and closer, the line spread out to the length of the Big Dipper (25°) and I could distinguish individual faint satellites. There were too many to count! Sometimes one or two would brighten up to 2nd magnitude and then ...