SpaceX to launch third Starlink mission in less than two weeks

SpaceX is set to launch another batch of Starlink satellites into Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) onboard a Falcon 9 rocket as part of the Starlink Group 4-27 mission. Liftoff is scheduled for Friday, August 19 at 3:21:20 PM EDT (19:21:20 UTC) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40), at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. … Read more

Satellites get lost in solar storms and take weeks to find

In October 2003 satellite controllers lost track of hundreds of spacecraft for days after a major solar storm hit Earth. Experts worry that with the increase in the number of satellites and debris orbiting the planet in the nearly twenty years since, the next big solar storm could throw the near-Earth space into chaos for … Read more

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, June 24 – July 2 – Sky & Telescope

FRIDAY, JUNE 24 ■ After dark, look southeast for orange Antares, “the Betelgeuse of summer.” (Both are 1st-magnitude “red” supergiants). Around and upper right of Antares the other, whiter stars of upper Scorpius form their distinctive pattern. The rest of the Scorpion curls down toward the horizon. Also right after dark, spot Arcturus way up … Read more