After a few hour delay, a batch of 22 satellites for the Starlink mega-constellation – SpaceX’s project for space-based Internet communication system, successfully launches at 11:12 pm on Friday, September 8, 2023 from LC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The Block 5 variant is the fifth major "production run" aimed at improving the ability for rapid reuse of the rocket, better reliability and performance. Following the stage separation, the first stage (reusable part) will return to land on a droneship on the Atlantic Ocean, so there will be no booster return burn to see in this photo, but the sonic boom was still heard and felt upon booster return!
The Starlink satellites are actually a fun spectacle to watch for in the night sky. They are called the Starlink Train. Take some time to look up and see if you can spot the train moving through. Use this interactive locater to see when they will be visible in your area. It uses your actual location, even giving you a VR type of viewer to help you know where to look and visualize what they may look like in the sky in your exact area. Play with it a bit on your desktop monitor then give it a try on your cell phone. I hope you have as much fun with it as I do!