Ilona Mask’s Internet satellites are visible over Russia without a telescope (3 photos + video)

On May 24, American billionaire entrepreneur Ilon Musk took the second step towards an ambitious project to deploy the Starlink global Internet system to the planet. His private aerospace company, SpaceX, successfully launched the first group of satellites, consisting of 60 spacecraft, into orbit of the Earth. All of them are online, according to Musk, and their movement is being closely monitored from the SpaceX center (devices will have to relocate themselves from an altitude of 400 km above the Earth’s surface to the level of 550 km). But to observe an unusual string of Internet satellites can not only employees of the aerospace company, it is visible to almost everyone. If only the night sky did not cover the clouds. Even in Russia, a chain of luminous points can be seen in the night sky without special optical equipment. To find out exactly where the Mask satellites fly at a given moment, you can use a special site. One of those who were fortunate enough to capture the still rare phenomenon twice in one night (according to the Starlink project, about 12,000 devices will be sent to Earth’s orbit) was a YouTube user from the Irbitsky district of the Sverdlovsk region. A satellite “train” also caught a photographer from Belarusians. Интернет-спутники Илона Маска видны над Россией без телескопа (3 фото + видео) Интернет-спутники Илона Маска видны над Россией без телескопа (3 фото + видео) Such a parade of satellites was unlikely to please astronomers and amateurs to observe space objects. And despite the assurances of specialists that when placed at an altitude of 550 kilometers, the devices will become almost invisible to the naked eye, the perspective as a whole is not bright. In addition to Starlink with almost 12 thousand satellites from Mask, there is a similar project with Amazon. In addition, OneWeb, Telesat, and Space Norway are working on similar global deployment systems for the satellite Internet. And this means that the night sky is even more cluttered with human technology.

Sam Richards

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