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Hopes and concerns for astronomy of satellite constellations

The historic launch of the first several hundred out of 12,000 planned Starlink satellites heralds the arrival of the era of ultra-large satellite constellations. If it will bring new opportunities or insurmountable challenges to astronomy will probably depend on whether you are conducting your observations in space or from the surface of the Earth.

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Fig. 1: A constellation of satellites orbiting the Earth.
Fig. 2: Recent (2017–2019) statistics of commercial CubeSat constellations.

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Levchenko, I., Xu, S., Wu, YL. et al. Hopes and concerns for astronomy of satellite constellations. Nat Astron 4, 1012–1014 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41550-020-1141-0

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