"Wow !! I'm in shock !! The huge amount of Starlink satellites crossed our skies tonight at [the observatory]", she said." Our exposure to DECam was greatly affected by 19 of them! The Starlink satellite train lasted over 5 minutes !! A little depressing … That's not cool! "
But astronomers fear that the lower the earth's orbit becomes more crowded, the more light interferes with the observations of its telescopes.
Satellites on Earth
The most visible ones, such as the International Space Station, are in low Earth orbit and are easier to detect in summer, when the sun shines for longer periods – so satellites have more time to reflect it.
And many, many more satellites could join those already in orbit. SpaceX is allowed by regulators to launch more than 10,000 satellites and has recently requested the addition of 30,000 more.
In response to the initial upheaval in May, Musk said Starlink satellites would not affect astronomical observations.
Hit by CNN on Wednesday, a SpaceX spokesman responded that he is talking to leading astronomy groups to find ways for satellites to get in the way of his work. On a more tactical level, it is also turning the base color of Starlink satellites black, which it hopes to help. If necessary, SpaceX says it can also adjust some of the satellite orbits.
In other words: they are listening.