THE DAZZLING HINDRANCES IN THE NIGHT SKY:
A few days back one of my friends told me about some stuff moving really fast in the night sky making me wonder what could it be! A meteorite or a star or in the worst case a UFO! Well, no it wasn’t anything as mentioned above.
You would’ve read about the Starlink controversy in the recent past. If you haven’t, there’s nothing to worry about; it wasn’t big news in our newspapers. But it was a big matter of concern for Astronomy Community.
You would’ve heard about Elon Musk, the co-founder of Tesla Inc. His new company Starlink launched some 82 or around that number of satellites to space for better “Internet Connections” and for exposure of the internet to more people around the world. Well, in some way that hasn’t gone down well in the Astronomy Community.
As they launch those satellites it created a dazzling pattern in the night sky, even making a nation like The Netherlands to think that those were nothing but UFOs. They were even preparing against the extraterrestrial invasion. LOL. Those were actually the Starlink satellites that created that type of illusion.
WHAT ACTUALLY WENT WRONG:
Well the satellites launched into the sky have only increased what’s already up there; more satellites. You’d be thinking what it has to do with the Astronomical Community. First of all, these satellites are acting as a whole bunch of obstacles as they come in the way of astronomical observations through telescopes. Whenever a Scientist sneaks into the intergalactic space through his telescope, all those satellites come in his or her way creating interference in observation and data collection of stars and whatever they are researching about. Also the radio frequencies the satellites are transmitting may interfere with radio observation on earth.
Another thing is that the satellites are made up of reflective materials or solar panels which eventually reflect light from the sun interfering observations. The satellites are also creating a lot of debris, or we might say space junk. It’s also threatening because an increase in the amount of space junk will lead to more blocking of sunlight which is not a good thing at all as it’s a big source of energy for us. On the other hand, those space junks moving at really high speed (as satellites do), may end up colliding with each other creating more and more space junk.
THE ULTIMATE DEBATE:
So here comes the ultimate debate: To Whom space actually belongs to? If companies like Starlink keep launching these satellites, our deep quest for intergalactic knowledge will slowly cease as we wouldn’t be observing the stars but the spacejunkies.
Author: Som Abhishek
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