Starlink satellite sightings spark awe and angst

A still from a video captured by Dutch satellite-watcher Marco Langbroek shows a string of Starlink satellites moving through the night sky. (Marco Langbroek via Twitter)

SpaceX’s unorthodox card-dealing launch of 60 Starlink broadband satellites has led to into an unusual viewing opportunity for skywatchers — and an occasion to wonder about the impact of such mega-constellations on the natural night sky.

After a couple of days of debate in the Twitterverse, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said steps would be taken to minimize the impact of the Starlink satellites’ shine on astronomical observations.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributor to GeekWire and Universe Today, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

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