Astronomy vs Starlink: satellites for the global Internet Elon Musk prevented from observing the comet Neowise

A significant event for astronomers happened this month - a comet flew up to Earth at a close distance

C / 2020 F3 (Neowise). However, not everyone was able to capture the memorable moment, and all because of the Starlink satellites.

What happened

Astrophotographer Daniel shared his failureLopez (Daniel Lоpez). This week, he is stationed in Teide National Park in the Canary Islands with a 200mm Canon lens to photograph the comet. But as a result, the image was spoiled: the image of the starry sky was streaked by satellites for the deployment of the global Internet company Starlink Elon Musk (Elon Musk).


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“Astronomers, astrophysicists and astrophotographersconcerned about the large deployment of small satellites orbiting the Earth. They want to launch about 40,000 [satellites] later, other companies will want to launch their own into orbit, and the sky will not be what it has been for millions of years, ”says Daniel Lopez.

He also stresses that "this is the end of astronomical observations as we knew them."

Indeed, astronomers have previously reported damage to their research due to satellites. Therefore, Starlink promised to dim the satellites so that they do not interfere with scientific work.

But for ordinary residents flying in the skythe columns of luminous satellites present a rather interesting sight. There are even websites online that calculate when and where you can enjoy your flight. For example, Find Starlink, where you just need to indicate your city and get the necessary information about the nearest visible spans.

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