SpaceX’s “star chain” becomes an astronomer’s nightmare

According tomedia reports, although the essence is a business, but it is undeniable that SpaceX did indeed in a number of ways to help scientists have made a number of contributions, one of which was to lower the threshold for satellite launch to promote the original impossible research. Unfortunately, however, the company’s Starlink project has backfired, hampering astronomers’ ability to observe the universe.

Starchain is SpaceX’s communications program, which aims to provide satellite Internet access to people in almost every corner of the world. This could be a big deal because it will require many, many satellites. SpaceX itself envisions that the project will require as many as 42,000 satellites. So far, it has deployed 122 such space robots, but these alone have caused headaches for scientists looking up at the sky.

Ground-based telescopes typically use long exposures to get clear images of distant constellations, and in the process, one or two satellites flying over the observation area are not usually a big problem, but dozens, hundreds or tens of thousands are definitely a problem.

A series of tweets from astronomers this week vividly describe the enormous impact spaceX has had on telescope observations. Claramart?nez-V?zquez, an astronomer at the InteramericanObservatory (CTIO) in Mount Tolo, said she was shocked by the satellite’s contamination of space images.

A series of images taken by deCam’s dark energy camera show that only 19 star-chain satellites can destroy an image. The entire frame is completely covered by bright stripes representing the satellite.

In particular, there are only more than 100 such satellites in Earth orbit, and there could eventually be 42,000. So it has to be said that the star chain may eventually hinder the normal development of scientific research.

SpaceX, for its part, has offered to find a solution, and one of its solutions is to cover the satellite with a black paint that does nunss.

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