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#1 rekokich

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 04:21 PM

https://blogs.scient...-the-night-sky/

 


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Posted 18 February 2020 - 04:31 PM

 

It isn’t just astronomers who should be worried. The current crop of Starlink satellites are also easily visible to the naked eye in a moderately dark sky, even at their operating altitude of 550 km. Once this satellite constellation is fully deployed, there will be over 100 moving points of light in the night sky within a couple of hours of sunrise and sunset, from any point on the planet. There will be more of them than the brightest stars we can see—the same stars used to delineate the ancient constellations. Starlink alone will fundamentally change the majestic appearance of the dark sky for everyone on the planet.

(From the linked article)

The percentage of humanity that gazes up at the sky at night is miniscule compared to number of people in developing countries that will welcome internet/telephone access the rest of the World now takes as a given.

 

We will have to do work arounds, which we are very apt at doing, to get the images we want.


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Posted 18 February 2020 - 05:29 PM

Being a rail commuter, and seeing the majority of riders staring at their phones non-stop for

their dopamine fix,

There is no way a few dark sky star huggers are going to stand in the way of this.

 

It is sad but true.  If we are lucky sometime soon the sats will be painted black.

But then will get costs/thermal issues/weight issues thrown back at us.

 

"And the captains of industry,

And their tools on the hill,

They're killing every thing devine

what will I tell this child of mine?"  - D. Henley The River.


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Posted 18 February 2020 - 11:06 PM

As much as I love the night sky and astronomy, in general, when I saw this earlier today I thought: what a joke of an article.  

 

Of the billions of people on this planet, how many live in dark enough skies to even see these satellites?  Maybe 20%?  Of those 20%, how many actually enjoy astronomy, 1%?  And of those remaining, how many do astrophotography?  .0001%?  And then, some of them aren't that bothered about these satellites. 

 

Journalism has surpassed law as the least respected field of work on the planet.


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Posted 19 February 2020 - 06:20 AM


 

Journalism has surpassed law as the least respected field of work on the planet.

 Dont forget tow truck drivers....



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Posted 24 February 2020 - 01:20 PM

Let's stay on topic, please.




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