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Satellite trains light up the sky in British Columbia

This is the case of Lois Godfrey, who saw a streak of light looming in the sky of Kitimata around 9:15 pm Tuesday while walking with her husband, or about forty satellites gathered one after another.

[Les satellites] looked like pearls dancing in the sky. You couldn’t miss them. »

Quote from Lois Godfrey

These ships are part of the SpaceX Starlink network, which launches a constellation of satellites into low orbit to provide low-cost, high-speed, and near-instantaneous internet service on a planet-wide scale.

Since 2019, SpaceX has launched more than 3,000 satellites to an altitude of 550 km.

During the first two years of the project, they were observed in the eastern part of the country, for example, in Ontario, Newfoundland, Labrador and New Brunswick.

Satellites have recently appeared in the skies over northern British Columbia and Vancouver Island.

However, Prince George’s Astronomical Society president Malhar Kendurkar wonders if these bright objects will prevent astronomers from seeing near-Earth objects such as asteroids or other celestial objects that could pose a danger in the event of a planetary impact.

Even if the risk is small, he recalls that in 2013, more than 1,000 people were injured as a result of a meteorite explosion over Western Siberia.

The International Astronomical Union expressed the same concern in 2019.

According to Winston Szeton.

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