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The End of Astronomy?

So that’s a little dramatic, but one of the astronomers quoted in this article was also quoted in the NY Times as saying that if this continues, in 10 years astronomy as we know it will no longer be possible.

Back story: Elon Musk and SpaceX have started launching all these satellites into space to create a satellite internet network. That’s all well and good, but he didn’t check with any astronomers about this. These things are bright. They’ll dim as they go to their higher orbits, but with tens of thousands of these, plus the ones that Amazon wants to launch, plus whatever other companies want to do, it spells disaster for ground-based astronomy.

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It’s a real bummer.

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