Satellite 'trains' light up the skies in British Columbia

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“Satellite Trains” Light Up the Sky in British Columbia

Trains of satellites light up the sky at night.

Amateur astronomers in British Columbia worry about observing SpaceX satellite 'trains' at night , the Californian company of Elon Musk.

This is the case of Lois Godfrey who saw a line of light looming in the Kitimat sky around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday during a a walk with your spouse, that is to say about forty satellites gathered one behind the other.

“[The satellites] looked like pearls dancing in the sky. You couldn't miss them.

— Lois Godfrey

These craft are part of SpaceX's Starlink network which puts a constellation of satellites into low-altitude orbit to provide cost-effective high-speed internet service and almost instantaneous on a planetary scale.

Since 2019, SpaceX has launched more than 3,000 satellites to an altitude of 550 km.

In the first two years of the project, they were observed in the east of the country, such as in Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick.

Recently, satellites appeared in the skies of northern British Columbia and the island of Vancouver.

However, the president of the Prince George Astronomical Society, Malhar Kendurkar, wonders if these luminous objects will prevent astronomers from seeing near-Earth objects, such as asteroids or other celestial objects, which may pose a risk if they crash into the planet.

Even if the risk is low, he recalls that in 2013, a meteorite injured more than 1,000 people when it exploded over Western Siberia.

The International Astronomical Union raised the same concern in 2019.

Based on information from Winston Szeton

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