There has been much in the news about the SpaceX Starlink satellites, good, bad, and in between. For more information and conjecture about the StarLink, check out this awesome article! Regardless of said conjecture, which there has been a lot of, the public has been clamoring or at least curious to get their eyes upon a view of a Starlink satellite in the sky, in what has been called a Starlink Train.
The reason for the verbiage of Starlink Train is because users don’t just see 1 starlink satellite in the nights sky when they passover, but rather a train of them. This is because to get the best coverage, the satellites have to fly in a formation around each other to maximize coverage and bandwidth for ground users.
Just like finding the ISS can be a challenge or maybe seem a bit random unless apps or websites are used, there are a plethora of apps that can help you find when the starlink trains will be above you in the skies.
There are several websites that can be used to help find when a starlink satellite train will be visible over an area that you live or visiting.
The first is https://findstarlink.com/, which allows users to see when Starlink Satellites are available in their area. There are 2 different ways to look up the area you live in, which is finding by name with preloaded destinations, or find by coordinates. The findstarlink.com does provide a few cities in the Pacific Northwest that one can find by name, which as shown below, as well as the “Select Your Location” option.
- Eugene, OR
- Portland, OR
- Pocatello, ID
- Seattle, WA
Another website that is really useful for helping track when Starlink satellites will fly over is https://www.satflare.com/track.asp?q=starlink#LIST.
The site allows users to set their location using latitude, longitude, and altitude above sea level to determine their coordinates. Once obtained, one can hit the “Predict Passes” button, which will show a nice table of passss during the next 5 days.