Astronomers and experts alike have raised concerns over the launch of Elon Musk’ Starlink Satellites with a fear that it will hinder scientific research and provide a considerable amount of light pollution in the form of blots and streaks of light that can be witnessed from Earth. The 60 satellites sent to orbit the Earth in a quest to provide high-speed internet have acquired attention from the International Astronomical Union (IAU) based in Paris who issued a warning highlighting the threats of the mission which plans on launching 12,000 satellites by 2025.
According to a report published by the Daily Mail, the 13,527 members strong IAU and various other parties of researchers have taken to social media to protest the mission based on two main concerns – the first being the highly shiny surface of these satellites due to the reflective metal used in it which provide the image of moving dots in the night sky and the second being the disturbing nature of the satellites’ radio signals that may alter astronomical observations.
The statement issued by the IAU pleads the people responsible for such launches of satellite constellations to take concern as to how they might be hindering the work of the astronomical community. “We also urge appropriate agencies to devise a regulatory framework to mitigate or eliminate the detrimental impacts on scientific exploration as soon as practical,” the statement says.
Though the light from these satellites might have dimmed recently it doesn’t provide enough assurance as to how this problem might be later handled when 12,000 satellites are launched into space in comparison with the current 2100. Musk on his part has tried to assure that their team has already started working on the issue with the reflective surface and stated on Twitter that “It will have ~0% impact on advancements in astronomy”, adding that it will benefit the billions of economically weaker sections with high-speed internet and is thus for the greater good.
David is the Deputy News Editor at Live News Herald. He covers Science news for Live News Herald. He has a rich experience of 19 years in covering Science news.