Experts warn: huge satellite towers threaten astronomy worse than light pollution

Experts warn that the huge towers of Satellites Low Earth-orbiting, including SpaceX Starlink Amazon Kuiper, constitute a threat to the worst of astronomy and light pollution, and there are currently 2000 satellite type SpaceX Starlink in space, with the presence of up to 42,000 satellites planned over the coming years, which is just one of a number of companies looking to fill low-Earth orbit spacecraft, to provide fast internet depends on the Space.

According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, these networks of tens to thousands of spacecraft have proved controversial, especially among astronomers, because they leave lines in space images.

It is also to combat the problem, working with the satellite industry on a solution, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) launched the center for the protection of dark and Quiet Skies from the interference of the satellite constellation.

Piero Benvenuti, secretary general of the International Astronomical Union and director of the new center, said that these massive constellations represent the greatest threat facing modern astronomy.

He also plans to bring together astronomers, operators of huge constellations and regulators to find solutions, which could include software changes at observatories, and modifications to satellites to reduce their impact on observations.

While Rhea is the most well-known of the providers of massive planets, it is not the only one that fills low Earth orbit with spacecraft, many of which reflect light back to Earth.the first 60 satellites of Rhea were launched in 2019, and there are now more than 2,000 satellites in low Earth orbit, with dozens going into space each month.

Other companies, such as Amazon k er V and., are launching, and China plans to create a network of 13,000 spacecraft, the goal of which is to provide satellite internet to rural locations, where fiber cannot be used, with latency speeds of tens of milliseconds, instead of the hundreds of milliseconds found over traditional Geosynchronous Satellite Internet.

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