The huge constellation of Starlink satellites launched by SpaceX is still a thorn in the side of astronomers around the world, and as soon as SpaceX began launching the satellites, astronomers realized that they were so reflective that they prevented observatories from continuing to study the universe, and SpaceX tried to avoid This is by making satellites that will launch them in the future, and they are called DarkSat, and the Scientific American reported that the new, improved satellites are still bright enough to impede sky surveys..
In fact, the Darksat satellites are half the brightness of the original Starlink fleet, which is a remarkable progress but still poses a problem for astronomers, according to a Scientific American report, as observations of the sky obscured the light lines that appear during the passage of satellites over the sky of the region.
“I do not see in Darksat a victory, but rather it is a good step in the right direction,” said Jeremy Triglwan Reid, an astronomer at the Chilean University of Antofagasta, in an interview with Scientific American.
University of Washington astronomer Meredith Rawls told Scientific American that the crux of the problem is that SpaceX is still far from solving the problem, and other companies are following their lead and launching their own satellite groups without taking into account the needs of astronomers..
Scientists may have no refuge other than a proposal by Elon Musk, SpaceX’s chief executive, to launch new orbital observatories bypassing satellites that block vision..