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Astronomers push for global debate on giant satellite swarms

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Astronomers push for global debate on giant satellite swarms

@thesausageking 7 minutes

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How does the right to send things into orbit work today? Can anyone just launch whatever they want up?

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@PaulHoule 43 minutes

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Where was the global debate on universal optic fiber?

People in rural communities were looking for allies and groups like astronomers weren't there even though it was obviously in their interest to show up. (e.g. wireless communications period is an enemy of astronomy)

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@totalZero 4 minutes

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Fiber latency is way lower and doesn’t require the sharing of ambient spectrum. Society loses little by curtailing for-profit retail ISP satellite deployment.

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@cryptoz 2 minutes

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> United Nations forum next month might discuss whether humanity has a right to ‘dark and quiet skies’.

What about people who live in or near cities? Those skies haven't been dark or quiet for decades or more.

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@asaddhamani 2 minutes

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This is really required. I do some amateur astrophotography in India where Starlink is not even operational yet and have already seen their satellites in my long exposures a couple times.

Light pollution from the ground already ruins this wonderful hobby (and stargazing) for so many around the world, adding sky based pollution on top of that would be truly terrible.

I recognise all the benefits these satellite constellations provide us, but at what cost?

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