SpaceX says 60 Starlink satellites will grow harder to see

phys.org | 5/24/2019 | Staff
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SpaceX said Friday that the first 60 satellites in its "Starlink" constellation, which is intended to provide internet from space, will be less and less visible from Earth as they reach their final orbit.

Elon Musk's company created a must-see event for space enthusiasts when it launched all 60 satellites simultaneously on May 23—a series of bright lights ascending through the night sky.

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Over the past week, several observers have photographed and filmed the line of satellites, which pass over in just a few minutes.

But astronomers fear the constellation of broadband-beaming satellites, which could one day grow to as many as 12,000, could ruin scientific observation of the skies from telescopes.

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Until now, Musk had downplayed the concerns—earning criticism along the way.

But on Friday, the company seemed...
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