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They remain unusable: 6% of Hubble observations are ruined by Elon Musk’s satellites



Experts point to the problem as a “growing threat” to future astronomical observations.

A new study has noticed the problems swarms or constellations of satellites placed in Earth orbit in recent years have posed, especially Starlink, which belongs to billionaire Elon Musk.

This is nothing new, and in 2022 several well-known scientific institutions and journals have also tackled the issue. Still, Musk’s thousands of satellites have not caused them to enter the field of view of the ground or other Earth-orbiting observatories.

among them, The hardest hit turned out to be the Hubble Space Telescope, which launched into orbit in the 1990s. Since then, it has taken striking images of the universe, marking before and after astronomical observations.

new studio, Published in Naturereported it At least 6% of observations they are ruined Through the passage of Starlink satellites According to the paper, hundreds of photos remain “totally unusable.”

Similarly, “2.7% of the individual exposures of a typical exposure time of 11 minutes are passed by the satellite, and the proportion of the satellite’s trajectory in the image increases with time.”

Elon Musk’s satellite is a growing problem

others, 50% increase in satellite intrusions since observation in 2021 as you commented CountryBruno Marin, an astronomer at the European Space Agency (ESA) and co-author of the study.

“This is a problem that has been going on for years and is getting worse now as we have more satellites in flight,” said Hubble, discovering the most distant star ever observed. Astronomer José María Diego added:

“There are no easy solutions, we have to live with it. get worse, get worse Just kidding, I have to go see the moon’s hidden face,” he added.

Source: Biobiochile

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