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Starlink-6 deployment


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About this observation
Nick James
Time of observation
22/04/2020 - 19:52
Observing location
Chelmsford, UK
Sony A7s + Canon 200mm, f/2.8L lens

Another batch of Starlink satellites was launched from Cape Canaveral at 19:30 UTC this evening. Satellite deployment took place 15 minutes later and 7 minutes after that the second stage and satellites came over the UK. With the naked eye this was like a bright ISS pass but moving much more quickly. These images were taken from a hand held video. The bright core is the second stage and satellites. The four faint dots are presumably some debris released during deployment.

Edit on 2020-04-23 - Apparently the four dots are the four retention rods that hold the two stacks of 30 satellites in compression up to release.

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