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SpaceX satellites pose new headache for astronomers

Washington (AFP) – a blockbuster: an astronomer captured in the Netherlands SpaceX satellites ascending through the night sky this weekend, stunning space enthusiasts across the globe . But the sight also has provoked an outcry among astronomers who say the constellation, which broadband-beaming satellites but could one day grow to as many as 12,000, may threaten our view of the …

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Astronomers: Elon Musk's satellites could change our night sky forever

SpaceX recently launched the first 60 of 12,000 planned satellites for its Starlink network. The network will increase Internet connectivity for billions of people. Astronomers fear that all satellites in low orbit will destroy the Internet night sky and hinder the science. SpaceX, led by Elon Musk, recently launched the first leg of its Starlink satellite network into orbit. According …

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Astronomers fear that Elon Musk's satellites could change our night sky forever

SpaceX recently launched the first 60 of 12,000 planned satellites for its Starlink network. The network will increase Internet connectivity for billions of people. Astronomers fear that all satellites in low orbit will destroy the Internet night sky and hinder the science. SpaceX, led by Elon Musk, recently launched the first leg of its Starlink satellite network into orbit. According …

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SpaceX's Internet satellites could be a problem for astronomers

The problem is not as bad as originally feared when the satellites had not yet fully aligned their solar panels and were therefore particularly bright (see video below). The vehicles are said to have a orbital period of five years before descending to fiery death in the atmosphere. So this may just be a temporary problem. Elon Musk claimed that …

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SpaceX Starlink satellites dazzle, but can cause headaches for astronomers

Toot toot! Marco Langbroek / GIF by Nicole Archer / CNET These are not intelligent alien armies wanting to take over planet Earth – it's only SpaceX's Starlink satellites that will provide broadband services around the world. The first batch of satellites was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida and brought into orbit on May 23 by a Falcon 9 …

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Astronomers spy on three comets that circle a star nearby

Artistic representation of exoplanets and comets in the orbit of Beta Poctoris Photo: Michaela Pink NASA's exoplanet hunting spaceship TESS has discovered three comets orbiting a starlight circle. Years away, so a new release. Comets in our own solar system are solar orbiting objects that develop a cloud and tail from fleeting elements when they receive enough solar energy. Scientists …

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Hubble astronomers gain comprehensive insights into the evolving universe

This Hubble Space Telescope image represents part of the Hubble Legacy Field, one of the universe's most comprehensive views ever taken. The picture, a combination of thousands of snapshots, corresponds to a viewing period of 16 years. The Hubble Legacy field contains observations of several Hubble Deep Field surveys, including the eXtreme Deep Field (XDF), the deepest view of the …

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Astronomers discover 2000-year-old remains of a nova

Near the orb of Messier 22, the team of scientists discovered the remains of a nova. Picture credits: ESA / Hubble and NASA, F. Göttgens (IAG) For the first time, a European research team from Göttingen University discovered the remains of a nova in a galactic globular cluster. The remnant is located near the center of the globular cluster Messier …

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