February 1, 2023
News Small steps for Starlink, one giant leap for Astronomy. George Nash Photography/Shutterstock.com Ever since SpaceX launched its first set of Starlink internet satellites into the sky in 2019, Astronomers and enthusiasts alike have worried it’ll ruin the night sky. Thankfully, SpaceX has now entered into an agreement with The National Science Foundation (NSF) to reduce…

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Small steps for Starlink, one giant leap for Astronomy.

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Ever since SpaceX launched its first set of Starlink internet satellites into the sky in 2019, Astronomers and enthusiasts alike have worried it’ll ruin the night sky. Thankfully, SpaceX has now entered into an agreement with The National Science Foundation (NSF) to reduce the effects of satellites on astronomy.

For those unfamiliar, Elon Musk’s company SpaceX runs Starlink, a collection of internet-beaming satellites in low Earth orbit. And while it delivers high-speed internet to areas that typically wouldn’t have it, there are a lot of satellites floating around the sky.

We’ve seen several examples of what happens to a telescope view when a satellite goes through it. You can find astronomers complaining all over Twitter about the situation and those “satellite trains” crossing the horizon. Thankfully, this latest news from the NSF confirms the two are working on a solution.

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