Sunday 14 November 2021 12:30
An astonishing row of lights lit up the sky of Tucumán Residents of Yerba Buena, San Javier and other parts of the county were able to capture that moment. Soon the event spread on social networks and aroused the curiosity of thousands of people. What exactly does this phenomenon correspond to?
It was an array of satellites, in this case corresponding to the G4-1 series, which was successfully launched from the Space Force Base in Cape Canaveral on November 13, Director of the Ambemba Astronomical Observatory (OAA), Alberto Mancilla, explained. .
“These launches are part of the satellite train of the American company Starlink, owned by millionaire Elon Musk, creator of the Tesla car brand and SpaceX missiles,” he said.
“It can be seen again on Sunday at 8:35 pm, from north to south,” Mansella warned.
Complementary to SpaceX, the initiative has already launched more than 1,800 satellites into Earth orbit, although it expects to deploy more than 12,000 satellites with the Falcon 9 rocket.
“On Saturday, satellites were seen on two occasions: around 4:32 p.m., although there are instruments due to sunlight, and at 8:37 p.m., when they can be observed with the naked eye,” Mansella added.
The North American company’s initiative is not without controversy. “Astronomers believe they can narrow down the options for making scientific discoveries,” he said.
“A study published by the Royal Astronomical Society (Royal Astronomical Society) reports that satellites have up to 10% increased illumination of the night sky. Which is that each target reflects light back on Earth and makes it difficult for astronomers to do their work.”
Finally, Mancila noted that SpaceX obtained a license to offer broadband internet service in Argentina months ago, although it will arrive in about three years since Arsat (the government communications company) evaluated the technical aspects of implementation, since then Although it has the license, it is not in working condition yet. / Newspaper
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