Observing Starlink Flares from the UK

From: Chris Clarke via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2023 20:55:47 +0000
Hi all - long time lurker, first time post....

For the last few nights that it has been clear here in the UK (53N 001E) I
have observed multiple Starlink flares. These are all in the West, low in
the sky and only occur when the sun is around -40° below the horizon. From
about 19.45 to 20.30 I have seen about one flare every few minutes with
occasional dual flares flying close together. Often the flares are crossed
by others in polar orbits. Tonight I saw one flare that I estimate was
magnitude -1.5, almost as bright as Jupiter.

I think this is only a winter phenomenon for the UK as the sun only gets
that low over the horizon between October and March.

Is anyone else observing these or able to predict them?


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