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Astronomy group finds Starlink satellites will have ‘negative impact’

Space 14 February 2020 By Jonathan O’Callaghan Astronomers are worried about Starlink satellites trailing across their telescopesCliff Johnson, Clara Martínez-Vázquez, DELVE SurveyThe International Astronomical Union (IAU) has concluded a scientific review of satellite mega constellations such as SpaceX’s Starlink, and warns they could have “worrisome” consequences for astronomy. The organisation is calling for new rules…



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14 February 2020

By Jonathan O’Callaghan

Starlink trails

Astronomers are worried about Starlink satellites trailing across their telescopes

Cliff Johnson, Clara Martínez-Vázquez, DELVE Survey

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has concluded a scientific review of satellite mega constellations such as SpaceX’s Starlink, and warns they could have “worrisome” consequences for astronomy. The organisation is calling for new rules to protect the night sky.

The IAU began studying the problems posed by mega constellations following concerns after the launch of SpaceX’s first batch of 60 Starlink satellites in May 2019. The satellites are designed to beam high-speed internet around the world, but the first …

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