How to Spot SpaceX's 60 New Starlink Satellites in the Night Sky

SpaceX launched 60 new satellites into orbit today (opens in new tab) (Nov. 11). Weather permitting, you just might be able to see the spacecraft swarm soar overhead in your night sky tonight. Of course, you'll need to know where to look. 

The new Starlink satellites are the second batch to join SpaceX's growing broadband internet constellation in orbit. They follow the May launch of 60 other satellites (opens in new tab) that surprised observers with how bright they appeared in the night sky. The night after their launch, those first Starlink satellites appeared as a brilliant string of pearls in the night sky (opens in new tab)

"Due to the date and time of launch, conditions for visibility are not so good for Northwest Europe, where I am, nor indeed for the US, as they were in May." Netherlands-based satellite tracker Marco Langbroek, who captured video of the Starlink train in the sky (opens in new tab), told in an email today. That's because the new Starlink satellites have only a few days of evening passes over Europe and the U.S. before shifting into daylight for the near future, he added. 

Still, Langbroek added: "Because they seem to aim for a lower operational orbital altitude (350 km) than the previous 60 did (those were inserted at 440 km, so already 100 km higher than what this new batch of 60 aims for, and eventually were brought to 550 km), I expect these new objects to stay relatively bright, i.e. naked eye objects."

So, the new satellites launched today could be visible like their May counterparts for at least the next few nights. So, how to see them?

Video: Watch SpaceX Launch 60 New Starlink Satellites Into Orbit! (opens in new tab)

The key for any satellite tracker is to know when and where to look. Fortunately, there are several websites that offer forecasts to help amateur observers identify which direction to look and when for any area. 

The tracking site here (opens in new tab) already has a Starlink Launch 2 page ready. You can visit this Starlink page on the site (opens in new tab) to see the orbit of the new satellites. The direct link to the Starlink Launch 2 visible passes forecast is here (opens in new tab), but don't forget to update the "location" tag in the upper right of the page to get your specific visibility forecast. 

The next site to try is (opens in new tab), which automatically picks up your coordinates from your browser to show when and where particular bright satellites (and yes, the International Space Station, too) will be visible. 

Another useful site is CalSky here (opens in new tab). CalSky asks you to enter the satellite you're looking to spot (either by name or official number, if you know it). You can simply type "Starlink" and click "Go!" to find your personal forecast under "Sightings Opportunities" for each satellite.

This view of SpaceX's first Starlink satellites in orbit was captured in May 2019 by Netherlands-based satellite tracker Marco Langbroek. (Image credit: copyright Marco Langbroek via SatTrackBlog)

"For prospective observers, I would advise to see whether Calsky of Heavens-Above issue predictions for your location, and allow for several minutes uncertainty in the pass time," Langbroek said. "I expect them to be bright now they are still very low, but having binoculars handy would be a good idea. Make sure your eyes are dark adapted (i.e. spent some 125 minutes in the dark at least, avoiding lamplight)."

The "train" view seen in May will likely only be visible over the next two nights, Langbroek said. So, you'll want to be sure to act fast. By the time the satellites are again visible at night, they'll be spread out in their final orbits and less of a sight, Langbroek added. 

SpaceX launched the new Starlink satellites into a preliminary orbit of 174 miles (280 kilometers), but each of the 60 satellites is equipped with an ion engine to slowly raise its orbit to an altitude of about 217 miles (350 km). 

Not everyone is as thrilled to see SpaceX's Starlink fleet in the night sky as Langbroek was in May, when he called the sight "spectacular."

Astronomers have complained that the bright satellites could endanger scientific observations (opens in new tab) of the night sky, especially since SpaceX plans to launch at least 12,000 Starlink satellites for its megaconstellation and is eyeing adding another 30,000 satellites in the future. With other companies like Amazon, OneWeb and Telesat planning their own megaconstellations, even Langbroek has concerns. 

"I do have concerns about these mega-constellations in low earth orbit. One is
what it will do to our night sky - on a clear summer night, there is always one
or several satellite (s) visible almost at any given moment already," Langbroek said. "With so many to be added over a short time span of only a few years, it will drastically alter how we experience our night sky: the old character of the night sky will basically be lost."

This SpaceX image shows the 60 Starlink satellites for a Nov. 11, 2019 launch in stacked configuration ahead of launch. It is the heaviest payload for a Falcon 9 yet. (Image credit: SpaceX)

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said the company is looking into reducing the brightness of the satellites (opens in new tab). Musk and other SpaceX representatives also stress that Starlink satellites are designed for a mission life of between one and 5 years. 

At the end of a Starlink satellite's mission, the satellite is designed to use its ion engine to deorbit itself and burn up in Earth's atmosphere to avoid posing a space debris threat to other spacecraft, SpaceX has said.

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Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the orbit intended for this Starlink launch. It is 217 miles (350 kilometers), not 341 miles (550 km).

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Tariq is the Editor-in-Chief of and joined the team in 2001, first as an intern and staff writer, and later as an editor. He covers human spaceflight, exploration and space science, as well as skywatching and entertainment. He became's Managing Editor in 2009 and Editor-in-Chief in 2019. Before joining, Tariq was a staff reporter for The Los Angeles Times covering education and city beats in La Habra, Fullerton and Huntington Beach. In October 2022, Tariq received the Harry Kolcum Award (opens in new tab) for excellence in space reporting from the National Space Club Florida Committee. He is also an Eagle Scout (yes, he has the Space Exploration merit badge) and went to Space Camp four times as a kid and a fifth time as an adult. He has journalism degrees from the University of Southern California and New York University. You can find Tariq at and as the co-host to the This Week In Space podcast (opens in new tab) with space historian Rod Pyle on the TWiT network (opens in new tab). To see his latest project, you can follow Tariq on Twitter @tariqjmalik (opens in new tab).

  • David Moore(Ireland)
    Admin said:
    SpaceX launched 60 Star satellites into orbit on its most flown Falcon 9 rocket yet, which made a historic fourth launch and landing on Monday (Nov. 11).

    How to Spot SpaceX's 60 New Star Satellites in the Night Sky : Read more
    If they don't paint them black can we just shoot them down with a laser?
    Might be a legal problem for USA citizens as FAA authorised this?
    But FAA has no jurisdiction in EU AFAIK yet they are destroying EU skies.
    So seems fair that we'd be allowed take pot shots at them when above us?
    Thousands of amateurs across EU with cheap powerful lasers could do the trick?
  • Sundance
    In light of the Oneweb bankruptcy they need to make it mandatory that there is a de-orbit function (so they de-orbit and burn up) built in so we don't just send these things up and instantly as with Oneweb they are space junk.
  • Sundance
    David Moore(Ireland) said:
    If they don't paint them black can we just shoot them down with a laser?
    Might be a legal problem for USA citizens as FAA authorised this?
    But FAA has no jurisdiction in EU AFAIK yet they are destroying EU skies.
    So seems fair that we'd be allowed take pot shots at them when above us?
    Thousands of amateurs across EU with cheap powerful lasers could do the trick?
    I dough a cheap laser would do the trick with the satallites in a 550km orbit. At that distance the beam would attenuate and be harmless to the satallites I would think.
  • rod
    Watching bands of starlink pass by while stargazing with good telescopes is not something that I desire to see in the eyepiece view.