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How to see Elon Musk’s internet probes soaring overhead

WANT to spot Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites overhead? It’s easy enough.

There are plenty of ways to track Starlink craft as they soar through the night sky.

The dish connects to a huge constellation of hundreds of satellites


The dish connects to a huge constellation of hundreds of satellitesCredit: SpaceX

 The SpaceX venture beams internet down to Earth from space using an ever-growing constellation of satellites.

There are hundreds of Starlink units circling above Earth, and thousands more planned.

Musk’s SpaceX began offering Starlink to customers in select countries earlier this year.

A single deposit costs $99/£89.

Artist impression of a Starlink satellite dish


Artist impression of a Starlink satellite dishCredit: spacex

And Musk has already bagged 500,000 customers to date.

How to track Starlink satellites in real-time

Not sure where to look? Your phone’s got you covered.

There are a number of stargazing apps you can use to follow the path of Starlink probes.

On the Apple App Store, we’d recommend Night Sky, which is free and helps you find all kinds of celestial wonders.

For Android fans, Satellite Tracker should do the trick (it’s also available on iPhone).

Simply head outside at a scheduled time for a Starlink passby, load up one of the apps and you should be able to spot one.

Alternatively, you can visit the Find Starlink website (or the “Find Starlink Satellites” app) and enter your location.

Just remember that you’ll need to be outside on a clear night – clouds will totally obscure the view.

Also, modifications to Starlink satellites in the recent past mean some of the craft are darker, and much harder to see.

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