Elon Musk's Starlink satellites visible above UK tonight: here's all the details

Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites will make another pass over the UK tonight giving eager stargazers another chance to spot them.

In fact, there will be two opportunities to see the satellites in the night sky tonight, Friday 24 April.

The small satellites are visible in ‘trains’ that appear as moving dots in the sky. Tonight, you’ll be able to see Starlink 6-7 and Starlink 5-6 quite close to each other.

First, Starlink 6-7 will appear moving from west to southeast at 8.58pm. It will appear first at 10 degrees above the horizon before moving right across the sky for four minutes.

That will be followed at 9.10pm by the passage of Starlink 5-6 moving from west to east for roughly six minutes. This will also start just above the horizon at 10 degrees. With less light, this may be the easier of the two trains to see – providing the night stays clear.

If you’re struggling to follow them, you can use findstarlink.com on your mobile phone which provides a live map of the exact position of the satellites. You can add in your location to get timings for each pass over as well as a guide on how bright they’re likely to be.

Each Starlink satellite is about the size of a car and they move in a very distinct line across the night sky.

At the moment Starlink satellites are in a parked orbit around Earth as SpaceX continues to add more to the constellation.

Eventually, they will use on-board engines to move further away from the planet which will also make them less visible.

So take this opportunity to get outside and have a look this evening to see if you can spot them.

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