SpaceX Starlink launches for April. Learn more here

You can watch the most recent SpaceX Starlink launch in the player above. Live launch streams start about 10 minutes before each liftoff. Check SpaceX on YouTube for upcoming coverage.

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Starlink launches in April 2023

Starlink Group 3-5: April 27, 2023, 13:40 UTC (9:40 a.m. EDT)
Falcon 9 Block 5 | Vandenberg SFB, California | SUCCESS

Starlink Group 6-2: April 19, 2023, 14:31 UTC (10:31 a.m. EDT)
Falcon 9 Block 5 | Cape Canaveral, Florida | SUCCESS

After launch, look for a train of lights

Following every Starlink launch, the internet buzzes with people asking:

What’s that long line of lights in the sky that looks like a train?

What you’re seeing is the Starlink satellites moving into a higher orbit. You can check to see if they will pass over your area using the Find Starlink website.

Starlink: A white and black cylindrical vehicle launches upward into a blue sky, leaving behind clouds of smoke on the ground.
SpaceX’s Starlink 5-5 launch on March 24, 2023. Image via SpaceX.

Growing numbers amid controversy

According to Wikipedia, as of February 2023, Starlink consists of over 3,580 mass-produced small satellites in low-Earth orbit that communicate with designated ground transceivers. They provide internet access to more than one million subscribers.

Love ’em or hate ’em, these Starlink satellites are part of SpaceX’s vision for a global internet communication satellite constellation. They deliver high-speed internet service worldwide, mainly to locations where ground-based internet is unreliable, unavailable or expensive. The private company is well-known for launching batches back-to-back, several times a month, regularly lofting 60 satellites at a time. And SpaceX plans to build up to perhaps as many as 30,000 eventually.

Most thought it was exciting to see the first few Starlink satellites traveling together in the night sky. But then more were launched, and then more. And astronomers began to worry.

Because Starlinks are bright, astronomers say they’re photobombing astronomical images. Therefore, they have the potential to interfere with the professional astronomical observations that have brought us our modern-day view of the cosmos. And although SpaceX has tried to address the issue, they remain far from what astronomers say is acceptable.

Bottom line: Find out when the Starlink launches for April are and learn more about Starlink here.

Read more from EarthSky: Starlink satellites can look like a plume or train of light

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April 26, 2023

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