All EOS blogs All Spain blogs  Start your own blog Start your own blog 

Live News From Spain As It Happens

Keep up to date with all the latest news from Spain as it happens. The blog will be updated constantly throughout the day bringing you all the latest stories as they break.

Canarian astronomer's Neowise footage 'littered' with SpaceX satellites
27 July 2020 @ 21:48

A SPANISH photographer has managed to capture clear footage of the Neowise comet – against a background of a sky 'peppered' with Starlink satellites.

Thursday night was our last chance to see the comet for another 6,500 years – a phenomenon that, in 2020, has knocked the usual late-summer Perseides meteorite shower off its throne – and social media has filled up with shots of it of varying degrees of clarity.

But astro-photographer Daniel López's footage has sparked more controversy than any: His close-up shows how space is 'polluted' with satellites.

A total of 17 pictures, each taken over a 30-second time-lapse, from the Canary Islands, the photo of the Neowise is marred by hundreds of Starlinks, launched into the ether as part of a SpaceX project to bring satellite-based internet to the whole of planet Earth.

Daniel's Facebook caption says: “Brilliant, but a shame to see all these light points – in total nearly 20 pictures of the comet are blocked by their traces.”

To date, SpaceX has launched 540 high-speed internet-generating satellites into orbit, but has permission for a total of 12,000, and has recently applied for a licence to send another 30,000 into space.

Read more at thinkSPAIN.comn


Like 0


Only registered users can comment on this blog post. Please Sign In or Register now.


This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse you are agreeing to our use of cookies. More information here. x