A recent study found that Elon Musk’s satellites “Starlink” interfered with a quarter of the photos obtained by an important asteroid-monitoring observatory.
Elon Musk’s satellites distort almost fifth of images obtained by an asteroid:
Since 2018, “SpaceX” has released a growing number of Internet satellites, with over 2,000 now in low Earth orbit, around 340 miles above the earth.
According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, the purpose is to use the Starlink Internet satellite network to bring high-quality and speedier Internet to distant parts of the globe.
Astronomers, on the other hand, have criticized the satellites, claiming that the objects might appear as lines in telescope photographs, obstructing their scientific studies.
A study by the California Institute of Technology examined that in November 2019, only 0.5% of aurora images contained a Starlink ‘line’, while by September 2021, that percentage had risen to 20%.
Scientists predict that once SpaceX reaches its goal of sending 10,000 Starlink satellites into space, each image will contain at least one streak.
To prevent this impact, SpaceX engineers have explored a variety of methods, including minimizing satellite reflection and giving tracking data.Some of these steps have proved beneficial, as some of the larger observatories have been able to install software that mitigates interference or forecasts the location of satellites when capturing photographs.
Many astronomers, however, believe the situation will only worsen, which is particularly problematic for observatories like ZTF, which cover a large area of the sky.