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Satellite "train" passing over Utah Sunday night

Posted at 8:10 AM, Apr 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-26 10:55:22-04

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — According to NASA/JPL Ambassador to Utah Patrick Wiggins, a group of 60 Starlink satellites that were launched by SpaceX last Wednesday will be passing over Utah Sunday night.

The set of satellites are jokingly referred to as a train, beginning with Starlink 1322, which will rise in the northwest at about 9:35 and under the bucket of the Big Dipper just before 9:39.

The other 59 “cars” of the train – including “caboose” Starlink 1379 – will follow the same path and fade from view around 9:54.

Similarly to other satellites, the train will look like a series of tiny dots of light moving slowly across the sky.

The train will not be very bright, but those with low light pollution should be able to see them with the naked eye. If you live in a light polluted area, you may need binoculars.

Founded by Elon Musk in 2002, SpaceX is planning an eventual constellation of approximately 12,000 satellites which will be used to provide Internet service worldwide.