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Spacecraft and Space Missions

Newest Starlink Satellites Have Gotten Brighter Again

Changes to the design of Starlink satellite spacecraft have made them brighter again, though still dimmer than the original design.

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Spacecraft and Space Missions

Space Storm Knocks Out Latest Batch of Starlink Satellites

A minor space storm took down much of the latest Starlink batch shortly after launch.

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Astronomy and Society

Starlink Satellites Not Impacting Science — Yet

A new study of Starlink satellites’ impact on astronomy gives the community cause for both relief and concern.

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Science and Space Policy

Did Astronomers See a Distant, Dying Star? Or an Earth-bound Satellite?

What seemed a lucky break — the discovery of a gamma-ray burst in the most distant known galaxy — might instead be the flash of passing space debris. As satellites fill low-Earth orbit, such events might become common.

January 20, 2021 Starlink launch

Astronomy and Society

Beyond Starlink: The Satellite Saga Continues

SpaceX has placed more than 1,000 Starlinks in orbit, and other companies are following suit. Here's the latest on what's being done to protect astronomy.

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Astronomy and Society

Starlink Satellites Are Fainter Now — But Still Visible

Measurements of Starlink's "VisorSat" show SpaceX has succeeded in making a less reflective satellite. But it's still visible from dark-sky areas.

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Spacecraft and Space Missions

Details of SpaceX's Starlink "VisorSat" Revealed

SpaceX has revealed new details on its plans to darken the Starlink satellites.

Starlink constellation around Earth

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Starlink and the Astronomers: An Update

As Starlink satellites continue to enter low-Earth orbit — there are 360 of them now — SpaceX is working to mitigate the serious problems they pose for astronomy.

Starlink launch

Spacecraft and Space Missions

SpaceX Launches Fourth Starlink Batch; Concerns Remain

Concerns about the night sky remain as the fourth batch of Starlink satellites — and the second one to be launched within the span of a month — takes flight.

ExoMars

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Space Missions to Watch in 2020

Earth invades Mars and beyond with space missions in 2020

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Astronomy and Society

The Starlink Situation

Shots of the Starlink satellite train crossing the heavens are dramatic — even shocking — but they’re also a bit misleading. The real problems that Starlink and other megaconstellation satellites pose are more insidious.

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Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

SpaceX Launches Latest Batch of Starlink Satellites

A second set of 60 Starlink satellites take to space, amid promise and controversy.

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Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Satellites, Begone! Remove Trails from Your Astrophotography

While the growing number of satellites above our heads is a concern, there are ways to mitigate their appearances in deep-sky astrophotography.

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Spacecraft and Space Missions

Does Starlink Pose a Space Debris Threat? An Expert Answers

SpaceX's Starlink satellites have come under heavy criticism for their potential to clutter the sky. Here's what a space debris expert has to say about it.

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Space Satellites

SpaceX Launches First Volley of Starlink Satellites

The 60 Starlink satellites parading across the sky make an incredible sight, but some skywatchers wonder at what cost to the night.

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