How to see Starlink satellites tonight in UK with tracker

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A dazzling display of lights shooting across the sky are continuing to wow people across the UK.

Tonight, there will be another chance to see the Starlink satellites made by Elon Musk's SpaceX company.

Launched with the aim of improving global internet coverage, the craft is currently passing over in low orbit, treating Brits to an incredible spectacle.

The SpaceX Starlink satellites will be visible over Merseyside until April 24.

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Here's what time you'll see the satellites tonight, along with some helpful tips and tricks.

What time can you see the Starlink satellites tonight?

At around 8.53pm tonight the Starlink satellites will fly over the region from west to southeast.

Their visibility varies depending on how close they are to the Earth and light pollution.

Tonight, clouds are likely to block most of your view as visibility is extremely poor.

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But there will be another chance at 10.12pm where 41 satellites will fly over Merseyside from east to west.

Whilst it will be darker, there will still be clouds, so keep focused.

If you need a visual display to help you see the satellites, then download a free astronomy app such as Night Sky on iPhones or Sky Map for Android.

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When are the Starlink satellites most visible near me?

This useful website uses Google Earth and your location to show exactly when they'll pass over your house.

You can enter your location here to find the days and times they'll be most visible in your area.

The Lyrid meteor shower passes over the night sky in Croxteth Park, Liverpool, along with the Starlink satellite train created by Elon Musk's SpaceX satellites.

You can also track the satellites using the Starlink Starlink app, which automatically calculates when the SpaceX satellites are expected to be visible above your current location.

What do they look like?

Some of the satellites may appear like a slow moving star going in a straight line.

The satellites won't 'twinkle' like a star but they may appear and disappear depending on cloud cover and atmospheric conditions.

Almost all of the satellites will be travelling in the same direction, with a similar trajectory to previous days.

How best to see the Starlink satellites?

  • You can see the satellites best under a dark, clear sky
  • Try and position yourself in as dark a location as possible at your home
  • Stay away from street lights or block them out with your hands
  • Be patient, the timings may be a few minutes out depending on your location
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