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Starlink satellites destroy one-fifth of the critical observations of the asteroid-spotting telescope

SpaceX's Starlink satellite constellation has been worrying world astronomers for years. Now, a new study published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters by astronomers at the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) at Caltech's Palomar Observatory shows how bad the problem is - and how much worse it is likely to get.

Since 2019, SpaceX has launched batches of low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites to build a constellation network that will provide Internet access from any point on the planet. There are already close to 1,800 satellites in orbit, with plans for tens of thousands to eventually be deployed.

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