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posted by janrinok on Saturday November 30 2019, @12:08PM   Printer-friendly
from the has-this-been-thought-through? dept.

Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:

Skywatchers in Spain recording meteors being transformed into brilliant streaks of light by atmospheric compression are a bit miffed – as their view was rudely interrupted by a slew of Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites.

Below is a short clip of what it looked like above La Palma, one of Spain’s Canary Islands last week. The meteor shower known as Alpha Monocerotids crisscrossed the sky, though it becomes hard to spot them once the satellites come flooding in.

SpaceX's table-sized Starlink birds, which sport reflective solar panels, are closer and brighter as they zip across the camera’s line of sight like machine gun bullets.

Starlink satellites during a meteor shower on Nov. 22.

— Patrick Treuthardt, Ph.D. (@PTreuthardt)

Denis Vida, a geophysics PhD student at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, who wrote the code to generate the footage above captured from one of the Global Meteor Network’s cameras, said the obstruction happens every day.

“Note that this was not a one time occurrence,” he told The Register. “We see this every day before dawn with about half the cameras in our network. During that time we effectively lose about half our field of view because of this.

[...] “These satellites will most definitely interfere with important astronomical observations which can have implications on predicting future meteor shower outburst. Accurate meteor shower predictions are essential for understanding the hazard they pose to spacecraft – do you see the irony? – and astronauts in orbit.

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  • (Score: 2) by jasassin on Saturday November 30 2019, @08:16PM (2 children)

    by jasassin (3566) <> on Saturday November 30 2019, @08:16PM (#926529) Homepage Journal

    Use promo code "NETFLIX" to get 50% off your social life!

    Methinks you've never heard of Netflix and chill.

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  • (Score: 3, Touché) by MostCynical on Saturday November 30 2019, @11:00PM

    by MostCynical (2589) on Saturday November 30 2019, @11:00PM (#926574) Journal

    do you actually need a real netflix account for that?

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by fyngyrz on Monday December 02 2019, @01:52PM

    by fyngyrz (6567) on Monday December 02 2019, @01:52PM (#927107) Journal

    Methinks you've never heard of Netflix and chill.

    Oh no, well aware. I don't do a lot of "chilling" though. I prefer to directly interact with my friends and family as much as possible. Vegetating in front of the various drool boxes isn't my idea of being social in any positive way.

    But then, I grew up before watching TV was how one entertained one's self or spent time with friends. So I know how. I'm afraid that is very much a lost skill in recent generations. I truly pity those people — and there are a lot of them — who spend large amounts of time with their faces hovering over their smartphones, planted in front of the television for hours a day, trying to find social contact online, etc.

    These folks literally do not know what they are missing.

    Oh well. Not my problem. 😊

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