No SpaceX Starlink launches for November

No Starlink launches in November 2022

In contrast with SpaceX’s usually rapid launch schedule, there were no Starlink satellites launched in the month of November 2022.

One batch, Starlink Group 2-4, was originally scheduled for this month, but ended up postponed. A new launch date has not yet been announced. See the tweet below.

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.

If you live near the launch sites on the east and west coasts of the United States, you may also see the rocket ascending into the sky, leaving behind a billowing glow. This sight also causes people to clamor with questions. In the photo below, you can see what a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch looks like.

Starlink; Colorful sunset sky with white plume and trail leading down over horizon.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Our friend Peter Forister in Gordonsville, Virginia, took this image on the evening of September 24, 2022. He wrote: “Spectacular sunset colors with the SpaceX Starlink rocket launch this evening. Sunset light illuminated the exhaust gasses from the Falcon 9 rocket as it launched, creating the ‘twilight phenomenon’ show up the East Coast.” Thank you, Peter!

Growing numbers amid controversy

According to Wikipedia, as of September 2022, Starlink consists of over 3,000 mass-produced small satellites in low Earth orbit that communicate with designated ground transceivers. They provide internet access to over 500,000 subscribers as of June 2022.

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: SpaceX did not launch any Starlink satellites for the month of November 2022.

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

Via Space Launch Schedule

November 17, 2022

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