Hoy @el_pais se ha hace eco de la amenaza que supone la proliferación de constelaciones de satélites artificiales para la observación astronómica. ¿Estaremos a tiempo de regularlo para que la ciencia no se vea perjudicada? @DGaladi https://t.co/Jh1bEGpUP4— SEA (@SEA_astronomia) July 24, 2020
Scientists and astronomers from the Spanish Society of Astronomy (SEA in Spanish) have come out and put on blast Musk and his company Space X, which is trying to commercialize with the access to space, by claiming that the thousands of satellites that are circling the orbit of the planet are affecting the work of space photographers, scientists, astronomers and even amateurs that enjoy gazing at the night sky, by obstructing the view and accurately study the heavenly bodies. They also published a study in how these new artificial constellations present a risk for astronomical observation and, space pollution.
Astrophotographer, Daniel López, also joined the complaints of the SEA, by uploading a series of posts on Instagram where it can be seen how a grid-like pattern formed by the trails of all the passing satellites, is superimposed over the night sky, making difficult to capture, study and analyze comets, planets, stars and constellations. López was trying to photograph the recent sighting of Comet Neowise, but his efforts were in vain because of the satellite trails all over the firmament.
Musk's project consists on a hive of 12,000 machines of 260 kilograms each, so far over 540 of these are already circling our planet. Amazon's Bezos also wants to launch 3,000 satellites, since the sky is a possible new, profitable venture.
Scientists fear this could be the end of the night as we know it, since satellites reflect sunlight constantly at all times, not only affecting scientists but all living beings. Physics Nobel Prize, Didier Queloz fears the same, claiming Musk and Bezos are just trying to profit off space without any regard to how it can affect the planet, space, humans and even fauna and flora.
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