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Elon Musk’s Starlink Satellites Will Be Visible Over UK Tonight

The Starlink satellite fleet is set to be visible above UK skies again this evening.

Starlink is made up of thousands of satellites and put on an impressive light display as they make their way across the night sky.

Starlink, created by Elon Musk, aims to provide low cost internet for areas in the world that previously had poor, or no, connection. 

They all look quite cool if you happen to spot them. This week, if you’re hoping to catch a glimpse, it’s eyes to the skies at 10.36pm tonight (14 May), 9.35pm tomorrow (15 May) or 10.11pm on Friday 16 May.

However, these times may vary depending on where you live. If you want to track them in real-time, Starlink has a special website which you can check out here

The satellites will appear as small, bright lights across the sky – and if you haven’t had a chance to see them yet it’s worth doing so now, as Musk said recently the Starlink team are working on ways to make them dimmer.

Last month, the tech billionaire was asked on Twitter: “Is there a reason they’ve been brighter and more noticeable lately? I feel like tons of people are spotting them all of a sudden and they went fairly unnoticed before.”

Musk replied: “Solar panel angle during orbit raise/park. We’re fixing it now.”

In a later tweet, he expanded: “We are taking some key steps to reduce satellite brightness btw. Should be much less noticeable during orbit raise by changing solar panel angle & all sats get sunshades starting with launch 9.”

Musk hopes that eventually SpaceX will have 4,425 satellites up into the skies and has been sending them up in batches – seven so far. 

The firm recently filed plans with the USA’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which state: “Once fully deployed, the SpaceX system will pass over virtually all parts of the Earth’s surface and therefore, in principle, have the ability to provide ubiquitous global service.

“Every point on the Earth’s surface will see, at all times, a SpaceX satellite.”

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