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Satellite mega-constellations will 'erase' the Milky Way

As of August, Elon Musk's company, SpaceX, has launched more than 1,700 Starlink satellites and, according to some estimates, there may be more than 100,000 satellites in Earth orbit by 2030 (25 times more than now).

And it is not alone in the market. Amazon, with its Kuipe r project -which aims to have more than 3,200 satellites in orbit-, OneWeb … all of them are launching mega-constellations of satellites into the night sky to provide Internet access , but many voices have already emerged who believe that these Initiatives are eliminating cultural traditions and that could also pose a problem for astronomical observation from Earth.

Thus, SpaceX's Starklink and other constellations of satellites are being used to help bridge the digital divide and provide Internet access to remote areas, even in places where indigenous cultures live but, if we already have fewer and fewer dark skies. , the possible light pollution from this large number of satellites could "erase" the Milky Way for many people.

These mega-constellations raise 'major concerns', including 'increasing nighttime brightness' and a new 'sky glow effect' , according to some researchers.

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