The Hubble Space Telescope is suffering from the increasing number of private satellites that are now spoiling up to 10% of its images with long bright streaks and curves of light that can be impossible to remove. The problem is expected to worsen as thousands more satellites are launched in the future. This could lead to missed scientific discoveries, increased costs, and a significant effect on the field of astronomy. The study, published in the journal Nature Astronomy, calls for companies to consider ways to mitigate the impact of satellites on astronomical observations.
Today: November 30, 2023