A Starlink fanatic has created a site to search for Elon Musk's satellites

A Starlink fanatic has created a site to search for Elon Musk's satellites

Find Starlink is a resource that, thanks to the calculations of the trajectories, is able to predict if the Starlink satellites will be visible in the sky above a certain geographical position

(screenshot: Find Starlink) There is a website that indicates to users when Starlink satellites darting in the sky will be visible above their heads. The next goal of the broadband internet service from space wanted by Elon Musk is the milestone of 42 thousand satellites, which he estimates to arrive by 2027. thirtieth launch carried out on May 9th, Starlink's satellites have become 1558 and some of them are particularly visible and recognizable.

These rows of luminous dots that run one after the other in the night skies have, however, angered many astronomers and, consequently, the company has decided to take action by changing the visibility of the satellites. Despite this choice, many satellites are still visible: to find out when they will pass in the sky above your head, you can consult the Find Starlink website.

Created by a SpaceX fan - who chose anonymity online - three days after the launch of the very first Starlink satellites on May 24, 2019. The motivation that prompted its author to set up this site was quite simple: none of the official SpaceX or NASA sites allowed to track Starlink satellites. The aforementioned person then collected some calculations made by the Reddit community dedicated to SpaceX, and put together a simple program to predict the transit times of the Starlink satellites. Thanks to this, by entering its geographical position, the site can predict the next steps of the satellites.

Certainly its creator did not expect that the site, built in one evening, would receive half a million requests within the first five days of launch. Today, after two years of activity and an increasingly populated satellite constellation, it is the main source of information on the position of the satellites from which the curious who want to admire the train of luminous dots that pass through the sky draw.

Find Starlink updates itself between four and five days after each new satellite launch and provides hypothetical information on their passage in the area indicated by the user. “I prefer to keep user expectations and hype low, so I'd say 'try at your own risk' and 'don't blame me for waiting outside in the cold and seeing nothing,'” its anonymous creator told Business Insider. br>
Now, however, that SpaceX has reduced the brightness of the satellites, the points in the sky are more difficult to see: this is why the site informs its users if the satellites will have good, average or poor visibility, based on calculations made by the database. It will certainly be more difficult to calculate the exact trajectory of the satellites, and the site may take longer to provide reliable data.

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