Owners of the Space in Reality?


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 a 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 the space for better “Internet Connections” and for exposure of 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. 


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 sneak 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 lots of debris, or we might say space junk. It’s also threatening because increase in 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 a really  high speed (as satellites do),may end up colliding each other creating more and more space junk.


So here comes the ultimate debate: Who the 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 Abhisek

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5 thoughts on “Owners of the Space in Reality?

  • June 30, 2019 at 6:06 am

    Well knowledge should be for everyone, if those things are really interrupting ,then possible measures should be taken… I think

  • June 30, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Well , we need both of them at the same place. Right !
    Why can't we bring them together ?
    How about the plan of setting up astronomical observatories on the artificial satellites .That'll be a win-win situation.
    But,Is it possible in reality?

  • June 30, 2019 at 7:33 am

    The article was Interesting
    Post more articles like this indulge with more facts…..

  • June 30, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Something big is gonna happen in near future.. either it will be good for humanity or it will eradicate humanity…… At the time of discovering nature, we shouldn't challenge it..

  • July 1, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Max Weber, we have telescopes or observatories over satellites. But they are there for certain wavelengths of light which can't enter into earth's atmosphere. But other telescopes are really ground based. Your idea is also very good, but I got no idea whether it's possible in reality or not.

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