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SpaceX satellites of Elon Musk dot the heavens, leaving stargazers upset

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SpaceX satellites of Elon Musk dot the heavens, leaving stargazers upset

A total of 60 SpaceX satellites were launched. After two days of Elon Musk’s SpaceX satellites launch in May as a part of a mission to bring quick internet service to user worldwide, astronomers noticed something different.

Many of the satellites zipped past the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff. Telescopes trained on the night sky captured streaks of reflected sunlight that marred their view of a far-off star system.

Right now astronomers are concerned with a large number of communications craft planned, including 12000 of Musk’s Starlink fleet, will shine so brightly that they are likely to interfere with research that is based on the visual observations of nearby asteroids and distant galaxies. The new satellites are to fly lower than many traditional crafts and will arrive in unprecedented numbers. Right now there are more than 5000 satellites circling the Earth.

Jeffrey Hall, director of the Lowell Observatory said:

“We just happened to be pointed in the right direction, and Starlink flew right through it.”

The unexpected appearance helped to signal. Hall says that it is definitely a problem.

Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp is authorized to launch around 11943 satellites as a part of its Starlink Fleet. This will make it the leader in a total of 13000 low Earth orbit satellites that are currently approved by the Federal Communications Commission which is known to coordinate trajectories and radio frequency use. On Thursday, Amazon.com’s Jeff Besos filed to place 3236 internet beaming satellites into low earth orbit.

The lower trajectories are known to provide a minimal lag time for data to bounce between the spacecraft and the ground and thus, overcoming the signal lethargy that is limited internet-from-space schemes dependent on traditional communication satellites. Those old crafts are parked at 2200 miles above the Earth, an altitude that allows the craft to hover in one spot.

Low earth orbit means altitudes of just 112 to 1200 miles. Crafts orbiting in the low earth orbit need to race around the globe in order to stay afloat. These crafts can complete orbits within 90 minutes.

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