Everyone on the planet appreciates the natural serenity of clear night skies. There is much satisfaction for a person to view the stars and enjoy God’s creation’s marvelous spectacle. Many iconic forerunners in human discovery, such as Shakespeare, Galileo, Columbus, Joan of Arc, and Cleopatra, saw the same stars that modern people see. The view of a night sky is humanity’s shared heritage.
However, such a natural serenity is short-lived after Elon Musk’s space company launched a cluster of 60 miniature satellites aboard a single rocket back in May 2019. SpaceX announced that the launch was one of several inaugurations scheduled to create massive broadband satellites. The company plans to use the satellites to provide the planet with ultra-high-speed internet access.
Marco Langbroek, a satellite tracker and space enthusiast from the Netherlands, made a video recording of the satellites traveling across the sky; the observations astonished him. Marco described how it started with two dimly flashing objects traveling across the field of view in a blog post. Then moments later came the jaw-dropping observation of several satellites entering the field of view. Marco posted the video recording of the beautiful discovery day after SpaceX launched its satellites’ constellation.
After its first successful satellite launch, SpaceX continued to inaugurate more Starlink satellites to draw the company closer to its vision of becoming the primary provider of the planet’s high-speed web access. It is a fantastic scenery to watch the satellites traveling across the field of view. Still, there are concerns regarding the cultural implications on the relationship between humankind and the night sky. If left unchecked, the problems prevent many from enjoying the serenity of night skies. Instead of fantastic sky views, all humanity observes is bright artificial objects flying haphazardly across space.
Alice Gorman said that the upcoming generations might never remember how the night sky looked like before satellites’ constellations overcrowded the space in a few years. Gorman is a pioneer in the space archaeology and heritage department from Flinders University in South Australia. The generations’ upbringing only knows the Starlink satellites and other massive satellite constellations proposed by other space companies and agencies as their idea of night skies. A fantastic experience that the current generation values and many argue that a quiet night sky is fundamental to humanity.
In summary, the more the researchers and businesses continue to scrutinize the satellite constellations, the more they realize how to deal with the problem. Some people consider the cluster of satellites more destructive than constructive, but only a matter of time before the reality hits.