Sci/Tech Starlink Satellites Are Photo Bombing Astronomy Images

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If you like to take images of the night sky, don’t be surprised by a Starlink photo bomb.

According to a new study, SpaceX's satellite internet system is causing more “satellite streaks” to appear across astronomical photos from at least one observatory. Although no research has been disrupted, the problem is only expected to grow as SpaceX and other companies launch thousands of additional internet satellites in the coming years.

“We find that the number of affected images is increasing with time as SpaceX deploys more satellites,” wrote the authors behind the study, which was published in the American Astronomical Society.

For years now, astronomers have been worrying about Starlink’s effect on their observations. SpaceX’s broadband system currently operates over 1,400 active low-Earth orbiting satellites, which can reflect light through the sky. The effect can create a streak through astronomy photos, and potentially ruin a scientific observation.

The American Astronomical Society analyzed the issue by taking archival images from the Zwicky Transient Facility at the Palomar Observatory in California between November 2019 and September 2021. Data of orbital positions for various Starlink satellites was then used to track whether any of the orbiting objects intruded on the archival photos.

The analysis found 5,301 satellite streaks attributed to Starlink. In addition, the streaks grew in prevalence as SpaceX launched more Starlink satellites into orbit.

 
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