Tech2 news team27 juil.2020 13:51:40 IS
Since July 14, the Comet Neowise or C / 2020 F3 was visible in the night sky, and will remain visible until August 2. The celestial event that has happened once in every 7,000 years has created a lot of buzz in the astronomical community, with professionals and amateurs alike looking to capture it in action.
However, not all astronomers seem to be successful. Elon Musks’ herd of Starlink satellites under SpaceX appear to have photobombed beautiful images of the rare sighting of the comet. Astronomers have taken to Twitter to express their indignation.
Daniel López from El Cielo de Canarias (The Sky of the Canary Islands) captured an image of Comet Neowise which was completely drowned by the Starlink fleet. He had posted it on Facebook, after which astronomer Julien Girard tweeted the image on Twitter, complain about the intrusion.
17 30-second images of the comet added by @cielodecanarias, completely photobombed by the #Starlink satellites of @ elonmusk. There are a few hundred now, there will be a few thousand in the near future. @SpaceX is committed to directing them better but still… pic.twitter.com/TYtTf5xwhc
– Julien Girard (@djulik) July 22, 2020
“Astronomers, astrophysicists and astrophotographers are concerned about the large deployment of small satellites orbiting the Earth,” said astrophotographer Daniel López, who took a photo of the disturbed Neowise. Gizmodo.
Other astrophotography enthusiasts have also taken Twitter to talk about the threat. Reports from the fleet, which now numbers more than 400 satellites, have captured crumbling images, time lapses and complete comet occultation, have come from all over the world.
On an earlier occasion, Starlink satellites were confused with unidentified flying objects, because no one had seen anything like it before.
A report of Science en direct explains the intricacies of capturing celestial objects in the sky. He says: “Telescopes, like consumer cameras, generally use long exposures in their scientific work. Starlink appears to be particularly reflective and orbit at an altitude that can leave light trails on the telescope’s sensors and pollute data. “
The horror… # starlink #NEOWISE @elonmusk @CeosGalegos pic.twitter.com/eDpYRZYNXM
– O Fins (@CorneliusGZ) July 17, 2020
Neowise X Starlink
r / starlink pic.twitter.com/BaJTLgtqkg
– José Garza (@stuntech) July 24, 2020
Starlink satellites near or above comet NEOWISE… 😔Not visible to the naked eye, but these are just three of the many photos (not yet processed) where the trails are visible in a single night (one shooting session). view of about 1 hour). It becomes difficult to avoid them in astrophotography. pic.twitter.com/OTyGY2B71L – Raul C Lima (@raulclima) July 20, 2020
3 Starlink satellites pass through Comet Neowise from Highpoint Scenic Vista on Friday evening! #Starlink #neowise #spacex pic.twitter.com/uoTNyKztxH – Kyle Henry (@kyle_LTS) July 19, 2020
Hey @elonmusk, your #starlink ruined my #neowise time frame. ☹️ # astrophotography #comet #cometNEOWISE @SpaceX pic.twitter.com/gBbsPCDtUH – michael chomieniec (@LoneVagabondLA) July 22, 2020
My best guess is that it was #Starlink 1075 that passed through my field of view at 11:00 PM… supposedly magnitude 6.3. Just one of the many sats that plagued my images. @ jaimecor_94 pic.twitter.com/xGT91RuMji – Mark A. Brown (Starguy) (@SSA_Mark) July 23, 2020
#Starlink Satellites ruined my night of #astrophotography while filming #NeowiseComet #cometNEOWISE tonight. THANK YOU @elonmusk for ruining my hobby, I support whatever you do, but not this. pic.twitter.com/kqbcK8hrpd – Mike Oitzman (@oitz) July 18, 2020
Comet C / 2020 F3 (NEOWISE) et Starlink #Neowise #NEOWISE #STARLINK #Stellarium pic.twitter.com/nKTCteHTHQ – RZ Makise (@ makkisse999) 22 juillet 2020
Been there, done that
This is not the first time that Starlink and its founder Elon Musk have been criticized by the astronomical community. In fact, when the first two Starlink satellites were launched, many members had raised the possibility of these bright satellites disrupting their photography as well as the simple discovery of a new object in the sky.
Musk then assured them that he and his team were fixing the problem to make sure that those satellites providing high-speed internet would not interfere with their work.
During the eighth launch of the Starlink mission, the satellites were equipped with what they called VisorSat this would act as a set of darkened shades that can prevent the sun from reflecting off the bright parts of each satellite. The visors unfold and block out the sun, preventing glare. Musk said the VisorSats would have a “massive effect” on the brightness of the satellites.
He said the goal was to make satellites invisible to the naked eye and minimize their impact on astronomy by ensuring that the downsides they pose do not hamper scientists’ ability to make news. discoveries.
There are currently more than 422 Starlink satellites orbiting above Earth, with the goal of providing high-speed internet by 2021 as part of Space’s Starlink mission. The satellites are expected to become operational once 800 satellites have been activated, which is still a few launches away.
And while Elon Musk is the first, he is will certainly not be the last. Jeff Bezos’ Amazon has previously said they are working on a Kuiper project that will launch 3,236 satellites into space to provide the internet. There are plenty of other companies vying for this slice of the pie and it remains to be seen how astronomers will deal with these rotating internet providers and whether there will be any government regulations on this.
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