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Companies are planning to launch tens of thousands of internet satellites into low-Earth orbit, which will create a “mega-constellation” of reflective objects that will ruin life for many astronomers using sophisticated telescopes.

it is estimated that the trails of the constellation satellites will be bright enough to saturate modern detectors on large telescopes. Wide-field scientific astronomical observations will therefore be severely affected.

Mega-constellations threaten "the uncontaminated view of the night sky from dark places, which should be considered a non-renounceable world human heritage," stated the International Astronomical Union.

https://www.iau.org/news/pressreleases/detail/iau2001/

Apparently, astronomy will have to take a back seat to the demand for the fastest possible upload of selfies and cat videos.
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Robert Urbanek wrote:Companies are planning to launch tens of thousands of internet satellites into low-Earth orbit, which will create a “mega-constellation” of reflective objects that will ruin life for many astronomers using sophisticated telescopes.

it is estimated that the trails of the constellation satellites will be bright enough to saturate modern detectors on large telescopes. Wide-field scientific astronomical observations will therefore be severely affected.

Mega-constellations threaten "the uncontaminated view of the night sky from dark places, which should be considered a non-renounceable world human heritage," stated the International Astronomical Union.

https://www.iau.org/news/pressreleases/detail/iau2001/

Apparently, astronomy will have to take a back seat to the demand for the fastest possible upload of selfies and cat videos.


This assumes, of course, that no advancements would be made, with regards to telescopes, to mitigate the effects of the increased number of satellites.

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