With the growth of the population of our planet and more and moreby the concentration of people in cities, many drew attention to the night sky and how it has changed in recent years. Light pollution is especially noticeable in the suburbs, when instead of darkness we see the glow of the lights of megacities. Due to the constant night lighting, the work of astronomers has become more complicated. But light pollution is far from the only problem. Today, scientists are concerned about the large number of satellites in orbit of the Earth, which in the future may become much more than the stars visible today. But scientists are particularly concerned about the ambitious project of Elon Mask Satrlink.
A series of constant changes
The dark sky above our parents’s headseen in childhood, forever in the past. Light pollution - namely, the illumination of the sky by artificial light sources - prevents astronomical observations and changes the biorhythms of living beings. And while you and I can take advantage of this - for example, traveling through a sparkling night sky in the mountains, desert or at sea, anyone who wants to avoid the by-products of human activity may have to go to the moon.
After SpaceX launches 60 satellitesStarlink, some professional astronomers have raised the alarm. According to researchers, already launched satellites are not a big problem, but thousands of others can interfere with the ability of researchers to detect the most distant and weakest objects in the Universe - those that make it possible to approach the Big Bang. And given the company's plans for Ilona Mask to launch another 30 thousand satellites, in addition to the 12 thousand that have already been approved by the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Aviation Administration, the astronomers have really good reason to worry. Moreover, everyone who has ever been touched by the spark of the Milky Way against the backdrop of the night sky and loves to watch the stars will be deprived of this opportunity.
According to Japantimes.com, according to some researchers, today humanity is entering the second space era, 70 years after its inception. The fact is that the launch of spacecraft into space has ceased to be extremely expensive. It is for this reason that the problem of space debris is so relevant today.
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Streaming videos instead of the night sky
It is logical that in addition to SpaceX and other companieswill want to launch their satellites into space. So, if Jeff Bezos, the head of the Blue Origin space enterprise, realizes his plan to transfer heavy industry into space - and for these efforts it will take hundreds of thousands of much brighter satellites than Starlink - the sky above us will be completely congested. While billions of stars twinkle in the universe, you and I can not look at that much from a relatively dark place. Researchers note that even 30 thousand Starlink satellites can greatly change the view from the Earth and significantly complicate the work of astronomers.
But today there are a huge number of scientists,peering into the sky, they are looking for answers to the most complex questions about the Universe, dark matter, dark energy and wormholes. Thus, a serious question arises before society - what is more important for us - to try to unravel the secrets of the Universe or to give millions of people on Earth free access to the Internet?
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Already today the need for compromise is obvious. So, one of the good decisions could be the conclusion of an international agreement, similar to the space debris pact. Thanks to this agreement, companies planning to launch satellites are now designing them to fall to Earth in 25 years. Such an agreement could encourage companies to develop satellites with minimal impact on the work of astronomers.