“Wow !! I'm in shock !! An enormous amount of Starlink satellites crossed our skies tonight [the observatory]"she said." Our exposure to DEKam was strongly affected by 19 of them! The Starling Link Satellite Train lasted over 5 minutes !! Instead of depressing … This is not cool! “
But astronomers fear that the more crowded the low orbit of the Earth becomes, the more light will interfere with the injections of their telescopes.
Satellites on Earth
The most visible, such as the International Space Station, are in low Earth orbit and are more easily observed in summer when the sun shines longer – so satellites have more time to reflect.
And many, many more satellites could join those already in orbit. SpaceX is authorized by regulators to launch more than 10,000 satellites, and has recently requested the addition of 30,000 more.
In response to the initial unrest in May, Musk claims that Starling satellites will not affect astronomical observations.
Reached by CNN on Wednesday, a SpaceX spokesman responded that he was talking to leading astronomy groups to find ways that satellites would not disrupt their work. On a more tactical level, it also makes the basic color of the Saturnlink satellites black, which he hopes will help. If needed, SpaceX says it can adjust some of the orbits of the satellites.
In other words: they listen.