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(WBIR Knoxville)   Old & Busted: "That's not a UFO, that's a weather balloon." New Hotness: "That's not a UFO, that's a Starlink satellite"   (wbir.com) divider line
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2021-12-04 10:31:36 AM  
SpaceX's Starlink satellites mystified East Tennesseans Friday night as they soared through the sky.

Well, to be fair, East Tennesseans are still mystified by doorknobs.
 
2021-12-04 10:53:02 AM  
Perhaps a chance to see them here ( if it clears). I've yet to see Starlink but here's hoping.
 
2021-12-04 11:55:45 AM  

Cafe Threads: SpaceX's Starlink satellites mystified East Tennesseans Friday night as they soared through the sky.

Well, to be fair, East Tennesseans are still mystified by doorknobs.


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2021-12-04 12:00:26 PM  
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2021-12-04 12:16:25 PM  

edmo: Perhaps a chance to see them here ( if it clears). I've yet to see Starlink but here's hoping.


We used to get excited at the chance to see a meteor shower or a good clear view of mars for our telescopes. Now we are looking forward to seeing a swarm of space garbage that isn't going what it was advertised to do?
 
2021-12-04 12:32:49 PM  
I've done a lot of stargazing programs over the years, and on any decently clear, dark night, someone will see a satellite or two going over, and say "ooh, what's that?"

Until about a year ago, if I wasn't sure I'd just say "probably an old Russian rocket booster," because 2/3 of the brightest 100 satellites were, in fact, old Russian rocket boosters.

More recently, the answer became "probably a StarLink," just because a big chunk of visible satellites are now StarLinks.
 
2021-12-04 2:28:30 PM  

edmo: Perhaps a chance to see them here ( if it clears). I've yet to see Starlink but here's hoping.


Here's a Starlink "finder" site:
https://james.darpinian.com/satellite​s​/?special=starlink
 
2021-12-04 2:35:59 PM  
They plan on putting 42,000 of these up.
Their failure rate will be at least one per day.
 
2021-12-04 2:57:25 PM  

edmo: Perhaps a chance to see them here ( if it clears). I've yet to see Starlink but here's hoping.


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2021-12-04 2:59:01 PM  

jokerscrowbar: They plan on putting 42,000 of these up.
Their failure rate will be at least one per day.


42000 opportunities to watch you masturbate
 
2021-12-04 3:00:29 PM  

rummonkey: edmo: Perhaps a chance to see them here ( if it clears). I've yet to see Starlink but here's hoping.

We used to get excited at the chance to see a meteor shower or a good clear view of mars for our telescopes. Now we are looking forward to seeing a swarm of space garbage that isn't going what it was advertised to do?


Possible

The beauty is that no one will really know what those sats are up to.....
 
2021-12-04 3:03:20 PM  

edmo: Perhaps a chance to see them here ( if it clears). I've yet to see Starlink but here's hoping.


I just hope they were smart enough to design them to burn up before they reach the ground, should one come back to earth.

Otherwise some folks will get some surprises down the road.
 
2021-12-04 3:41:59 PM  
Earlier in the year I saw a line of Starlink sats, so close together they looked like a small white slash in the sky.  Even knowing what they were it looked weird and unnerving.
 
2021-12-04 3:51:19 PM  

Linux_Yes: edmo: Perhaps a chance to see them here ( if it clears). I've yet to see Starlink but here's hoping.

I just hope they were smart enough to design them to burn up before they reach the ground, should one come back to earth.

Otherwise some folks will get some surprises down the road.


They use the term 'passive de-orbit' for a completely out of control, violent re-entry, hope it burns because the lawsuit will be huge event.
 
2021-12-04 4:46:04 PM  
Close encounters of the Elon kind?
 
2021-12-04 5:16:53 PM  

Raoul Eaton: Earlier in the year I saw a line of Starlink sats, so close together they looked like a small white slash in the sky.  Even knowing what they were it looked weird and unnerving.


I saw a line of them about a year and a half ago. It was very unnerving. If I hadn't already heard about Starlink I would've been totally freaked out.
 
2021-12-04 7:53:06 PM  

rummonkey: edmo: Perhaps a chance to see them here ( if it clears). I've yet to see Starlink but here's hoping.

We used to get excited at the chance to see a meteor shower or a good clear view of mars for our telescopes. Now we are looking forward to seeing a swarm of space garbage that isn't going what it was advertised to do?


Yeah, that is pretty pathetic. I may live long enough to see it all crash together, ala Kessler.

On a more positive note, I do go out and look for the ISS often. I get automatic notifications via NASA.

Clouds tonight.
 
2021-12-05 1:57:38 AM  

edmo: rummonkey: edmo: Perhaps a chance to see them here ( if it clears). I've yet to see Starlink but here's hoping.

We used to get excited at the chance to see a meteor shower or a good clear view of mars for our telescopes. Now we are looking forward to seeing a swarm of space garbage that isn't going what it was advertised to do?

Yeah, that is pretty pathetic. I may live long enough to see it all crash together, ala Kessler.

On a more positive note, I do go out and look for the ISS often. I get automatic notifications via NASA.

Clouds tonight.


Often see the sunlight reflecting off the panels when I take the dogs out before daybreak.
See me waving?
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2021-12-05 6:19:38 PM  
My SIL saw them. Sent us a couple pics.


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