Would I get good footage from where I am (on Tropic of Cancer in Baja California Sur)? Low light pollution and usually clear nights.
If so, tell me a time and date and I'll see what I can see.
hey @Rory - I now have a bit of a better understanding of how to see Starlink Flares, and in fact last night I saw three (one really bright and two others) after looking in the right place at the right time. This seems to be...
- At the time that the sun is around 40° - 45° below the horizon (either after dusk or before dawn)
- Look towards the direction of the sun (beyond the horizon) at this time.
So how do we find this info? The easiest way online is to use https://www.timeanddate.com to see the sun position for a location and time.
For your location of Baja California Sur, find a nearby city... I've selected Cabo San Lucas. On the Sun position graph move your cursor to either a time after sunset or before sunrise, and note the time it crosses the 40° line. The direction of the sun , i.e. the direction to look, is then given (highlighted in yellow below). The Starlink flares will appear here and will be pretty close to the horizon (within 5° to 10°), so you'll need a good view in that direction (out to sea would probably be best).
So, if you have a free evening in the next few weeks and the weather is favourable - grab your favourite beverage, go outside at about 8.30pm and look West for about half an hour. You might see a starlink flare or two. Let me know if you have any success.
Restrictions: There's a restriction on this - the observer's location, time of year, and the Starlink orbit inclination will affect the ability to see flares in paricular direction. Starlink flares are typically inclined at 53° so anyone who is located close to these N/S latitudes will only be able to see flares that are to the East or West of them. So for example, someone in London will be able to see flares in Winter as the sun is at -40° in the early morning and late evening, which puts it on either a W or E direction - where there are lots of Satellites. Conversely in the summer the sun may only get to -40° around midnight, which will be almost North, where there will not be satellites in the right position to make flares.W hereas, someone in Dakar (further south) may be able to see flares to the North East and West (depending on the season).
ffdit: Added restriction