Amateur astronomer captures the moment Starlink satellites rise in the sky after SpaceX launch

Mail Online | 5/27/2019 | James Pero For
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An amateur astronomer caught dozens of miniature satellites from SpaceX's Starlink project as they traverse their new orbit around Earth.

In the video, captured by Dr. Marco Langbroek who shot the clip from the Netherlands, the satellites -- which appear as a string of consecutive lights -- can be seen flying through the night sky a little more than a day after they were launched.

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A blog post from Langbroek details the amateur astronomer's excitement as the satellites enter his camera's field of view.

'It started with two faint, flashing objects moving into the field of view,' he wrote.

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'Then, a few tens of seconds later, my jaw dropped as the "train" entered the field of view. I could not help shouting "OAAAAAH!!!!" (followed by a few expletives...).'

To time the satellites voyage and get the video, Lanrbroek said he calculated the instruments' orbit himself.

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'There were no orbital elements for the objects available yet on Space-Track, but based on the orbital information (53 degree inclination, initially 440 km orbital altitude) I had calculated a search orbit and stood ready with my camera,' he wrote in a post.

'My search orbit turned out to be not too bad: very close in...
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