With the recent 2020-03-18 delayed-from-Sunday launch of the latest SpaceX mission for the build-out of the Starlink constellation, I am expecting another round of the "what is this set of bright lights moving in the sky" questions. Indeed this question seems to be the start of this new round.

With the expected possible launch schedule of up to 20 Starlink launches in 2020 alone, this could mean a lot of these type of questions every few weeks as the satellites are launched and before they spread out and move up to operating altitude. Can we create a wiki article and/or a bot that redirects these sort of questions to a table with the launch schedule and a "if you see a set of bright lights within X days of a launch date in this table, it's Starlink satellites" auto-answer ?

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    $\begingroup$ I think a CW Q&A that we can close them as duplicates of is a good idea. $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage Mod
    Mar 18, 2020 at 17:45

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This is a very good idea!

A related concern was expressed in Do we need a notice about billionaire space ventures?

I guess the next step (once a community "yes" was established here) would be to ask the next question "What would the question be exactly?" but I also suspect that considering your intrinsic familiarity with the topic being a "card-carrying" member of the IAU and the last person to see an earlier SpaceX stunt , if you just wrote a question in the main site and opened a Wiki answer, in this particular case it would be fine.

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