The starlink passed over Kefalonia last night and details on how to spot it in the sky tonight

Picture taken from Sami Kefalonia 27 April – Παναγής Καβαλλιεράτος

 

Musk’s bright satellites caused an uproar on Sunday night in Xanthi and were spotted Monday night from Kefalonia. 

What the citizens saw was the part of the satellites of the Starlink project by Elon Musk’s company, SpaceX.

Musk’s top 60 satellites went into orbit in May 2019 with the program aiming to create a global satellite Internet network. The goal is to put more than 12,000 satellites into orbit by 2020. The good news is that this network will bring WiFi to even the most remote and desolate places on the planet.

According to  techgear.gr , these satellites remain in orbit at an altitude of just 1600km and each is powered by just one solar panel. All together they will form this network that will be able to provide Internet access at speeds up to 1Gbps and with a maximum delay of only 25ms, even in the most remote areas, such as

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The businessman’s plan to cover the entire Earth with Internet access, however, is in stark contrast to night sky observers, as astronomers and astrophotographers claim that these satellites, at a certain angle, could be brighter than Venus or Aphrodite. Jupiter, reflecting with their solar panels the light of the sun, something that makes them visible to the naked eye, in very dark skies.

The businessman responded via Twitter:

“We are taking some key steps to reduce the brightness of satellites. Their presence should be much less noticeable during the orbit increase by changing the angle of the solar panel, while all satellites will be shaded, starting with the batch. launch 9 “.

Thanks! We are taking some key steps to reduce satellite brightness btw. Should be much less noticeable during orbit raise by changing solar panel angle & all sats get sunshades starting with launch 9.
The entrepreneur aspires to get permission for another 30,000 satellites, bringing the project to a total of 42,000.

According to the BBC, the visibility of satellites is a small problem at the moment, however, when their formation becomes fully operational, then the risk of light pollution will increase sharply despite the precautionary measures taken by Musk’s company.

Dr. Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Center for Astrophysics at Harvard University’s research center, is ringing the alarm bell, talking about a “traffic jam” on the low orbit.

At the same time, SpaceX continues to launch despite the lockdown for the daughter-in-law in the US, from Cape Canaveral.

The problem is exacerbated by the fact that other companies and programs, such as Iridium Satellite Constellation, OneWeb, Globalstar, Amazon Project Kuiper and Facebook Athena, are planning to launch their own satellite constellations orbiting the planet. Andrei Bettini ‘s documentary “The Privatization of the Sky”, which aired on Rai, explains precisely this effort by companies to change and conquer the sky along with the global internet.

Reacting to the above, the International Astronomical Union states in a statement that the human right to maintain its ecosystem, as well as the protection of the fauna from the effects of changes in the night sky, are non-negotiable.

Best times for viewing tonight from Kefalonia 9:46

If elsewhere use this link with you own location coordinates 

sources – news247.gr,- findstarlink.com

 

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