"Wow! I'm in shock! A huge number of Starlink satellites flew across the sky today [the observatory]- she said. – 19 of them had a major impact on our exposure to DECam! The Starlink satellite train took over 5 minutes !! Rather depressing … It's not cool! "
But astronomers are concerned that the more crowded the low Earth's orbit, the more light will interfere with their telescope observations.
Satellites on Earth
The most visible, such as the International Space Station, are in low Earth orbit and are easier to see in the summer, when the sun shines for a long time – which is why satellites have more time to reflect it.
And many, many more satellites can join those already in orbit. SpaceX has regulatory approval to launch over 10,000 satellites, and has recently requested the addition of 30,000 more.
In response to the first turmoil in May, Musk stated that Starlink satellites would not affect astronomical observations.
A SpaceX spokesman, whom CNN arrived on Wednesday, replied that he was talking to leading astronomical groups to find ways to prevent satellites from interfering with their work. At a more tactical level, it makes the basic color of Starlink satellites black, which he hopes will help. If needed, SpaceX says it can also adjust some satellite orbits.
In other words: they listen.