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This video shows a spectacular view of the SpaceX Starlink satellite train

However, for planetary astronomer Alex Parker, the public should be more concerned about what Starlink might do to the night sky than having high speed internet. Recently, Elon Musk launched 60 satellites at one shot into space.

The Falcon 9 was because of launch its cargo of 60 satellites into orbit about an hour after Thursday's launch.

SpaceX said on Twitter, "Falcon 9 launches 60 Starlink satellites to orbit - targeting up to 6 Starlink launches this year and will accelerate our cadence next year to put ~720 satellites in orbit for continuous coverage of most populated areas on Earth".

To put that into context, there are now 2,100 active satellites orbiting our planet, according to the Satellite Industry Association. A network of Starlink satellites will create an interconnected network that will beam high-speed internet to anywhere in the world, hopefully, for a competitive price. This large constellation of artificial satellites orbiting in low-Earth orbit (LEO), will form the backbone of a global broadband internet network.

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Each satellite weighs in at around 500 pounds.

The launch will make it an early forerunner, along with rival OneWeb, a startup, but well ahead of Amazon's Project Kuiper, the brainchild of Musk's space rival Jeff Bezos.

"We think this is a key stepping stone on the way toward establishing a self-sustaining city on Mars and a base on the moon", said billionaire Musk, who is also chief executive officer of automaker Tesla Inc. Starlink is only authorized for operations in the United States.

Musk faces stiff competition.

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Amazon and OneWeb are also now working toward the deployment of their own internet constellations.

But on another level, he is being incredibly ambitious given that he wants to launch a total of 11,943 satellites to complete his overall constellation to Low Earth orbit.

Musk said SpaceX would begin approaching customers later this year or next year.

This is a great website, which will help you to locate not only the Starlink swarm of satellites, but also help you locate the times of passage of many other bright spacecraft, such as the International Space Station and Hubble Space Telescope.

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