Letter to the Editor: Too many satellites could obscure the stars – pressherald.com

Posted: March 16, 2021 at 2:44 am

Glenn Jordans article about Mainers beta-testing Elon Musks Starlink service (To solve broadband problem in rural Maine, some look to stars, March 8) was a good exploration of that services potential.

One issue that was not covered is the concern that the proliferation of satellites needed to provide robust coverage will interfere with future astronomical research. Googling satellite broadband astronomy will bring up a host of articles about the threat that Musks projected 12,000 satellites may pose to science, to our enjoyment of the night sky and to nocturnal wildlife. Amazon also has plans for its own constellation, as do other companies here and abroad. Within a few years, there may be more satellites overhead than visible stars.

We may think of astronomy as an arcane field without practical applications, but science is all one. What we learn about distant galaxies and black holes informs the quantum physics that gives us smart phones and microwave ovens, as well as deepening our appreciation of the universes mystery. We need to be careful about how we proceed here.

Neil GallagherBrunswick

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