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Starlink tracker UK: How to see SpaceX ‘mega-constellation this week

New photos have shown just how the highly-reflective satellites are already affecting observations of the cosmos.

The Starlink satellite constellation is now so bright, they can be seen without the aid of binoculars.

But there are mounting concerns they are now adversely affecting astronomical observations.

Scientific discoveries such as the identification of a near-Earth object or a super-Earth exoplanet candidate may be missed due to ‘noise’ caused by the satellites’ trails.

The report added: “If the 100,000 or more [low-Earth satellites] proposed by many companies and many governments are deployed, no combination of mitigations can fully avoid the impacts of the satellite trails on the science programs of current and planned ground-based optical-NIR astronomy facilities.

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