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Old 15-02-2020, 08:00 AM
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Statement from the IAU re Starlink etc

Way to late in my opinion.
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The IAU notes that currently there are no internationally agreed rules or guidelines on the brightness of orbiting manmade objects. While until now this was not considered a priority topic, it is now becoming increasingly relevant. Therefore the IAU will regularly present its findings at the meetings of the UN Committee for Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), bringing the attention of the world Government representatives to the threats posed by any new space initiative on astronomy and science in general. In addition, the specific theme of the mega-satellites will be included in the Programme of the IAU/UNOOSA/IAC Conference Dark and Quiet Skies for Science and Society, which will be held in Santa Cruz de La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain, on 5–8 October 2020.

The IAU stresses that technological progress is only made possible by parallel advances in scientific knowledge. Satellites would neither operate nor properly communicate without essential contributions from astronomy and physics. It is in everybody’s interest to preserve and support the progress of fundamental science such as astronomy, celestial mechanics, orbital dynamics and relativity.
https://www.iau.org/news/pressreleases/detail/iau2001/
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Old 15-02-2020, 08:46 AM
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From Spaceweather.com today:

"The Vera C. Rubin Observatory currently under construction in Chile will be particularly hard-hit. The innovative observatory will scan large swaths of the sky, looking for near-Earth asteroids, studying dark energy, and much more. According to the IAU, up to 30% of the 30-second images during twilight hours will be affected. In theory, the effects of the new satellites could be mitigated by accurately predicting their orbits and interrupting observations, when necessary, during their passage, but this is a burdensome procedure."

Worst case scenario: the asteroid with our name on it won't be identified for all the farken satellites.
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Old 15-02-2020, 01:31 PM
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From Spaceweather.com today:

Worst case scenario: the asteroid with our name on it won't be identified for all the farken satellites.
maybe its for the best. The sooner they see it the more panic it will engender so not seeing it until the last moment is a better outcome.
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Elon doesn't care about asteroids impact
He's convinced he'll be living on Mars eating potatoes.
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Elon doesn't care about asteroids impact
He's convinced he'll be living on Mars eating potatoes.
...and drinking Chopin.
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...and drinking Chopin.
in -60c temp on a good summer day.
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