A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida early Saturday morning carrying 58 broadband satellites along with three Earth-observing spacecraft for Planet Labs.

This ninth launch brings the total number of Starlink satellites to more than 500.

The ultimate goal of Starlink is to provide users around the world with constant, high-speed internet access.

The 10th Starlink launch is scheduled for June 23.

REMINDER: The projected times are not 100% accurate, since the orbit of the satellites can change. Even if the satellites pass over your exact location, many things need to go right for them to reflect enough sunlight to be seen. Times can vary +/- 10 Minutes. 

Upcoming chances to see the Starlink satellites in/around the Waterloo-area, according to FINDSTARLINK:

**The latest launch of the 58 Starlink satellites are in BOLD. 

Wednesday June 17, 10:36 PM. Look from Northwest to East (near the 'Little Dipper')
Thursday, June 18, 4:47 AM. Visible for 3 minutes. Look from west to Northeast
Thursday, June 18, 11 PM. Visible for 5 minutes. Look from Northwest to West.
Friday, June 19, 9:42 PM. Visible for 5 minutes. Look from Northwest to East.
Friday, June 19, 11:07 PM. Visible for 5 minutes. Look from Northwest to Northeast.
Saturday, June 20, 9:52 PM. Visible for 4 minutes. Look Northwest to Southeast.

Enter your exact location HERE for best possible viewing times.

Here's another helpful link to show where the satellites will be passing by relative to the constellations.

On Wednesday morning, 'Iowa News Now' Meteorologist Nick Stewart caught the satellites on video:

View of the satellites in January:


Credit: ViralVideoLab via YouTube


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