Sunday, November 14, 2021 12:30
A charming row of lights illuminated the Tukuman sky And residents of Yerba Buena, San Javier and other parts of the province managed to capture that moment. The incident quickly went viral on social networks and aroused the curiosity of thousands. What does this particular event correspond to?
The director of the Empampa Astronomical Observatory (OAA), Alberto Mancilla, explained that it was a line of satellites, in this case it corresponds to the G4-1 series, which were successfully launched from Space Force Base at Cape Canaveral on 13 November. Was. ,
“These launches are part of the satellite train of the American company Starlink, which is owned by millionaire Elon Musk, the maker of the Tesla car brand and SpaceX rockets,” he said.
“It can be seen again from north to south at 8:35 p.m. this Sunday,” Mansila warned.
The initiative, complemented by SpaceX, has already launched more than 1,800 satellites into Earth orbit, though it expects to deploy more than 12,000 simultaneously with the Falcon 9 rocket.
“On Saturday, the satellites were visible on two occasions: at about 4:32, although with the instrument due to sunlight, and at 8:37, when they could be seen with the naked eye,” Mancilla said.
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 indicates that satellites have an increase in the illumination of the night sky by up to 10%. This is how each objective reflects light back to Earth and astronomers’ Makes it difficult for him to do his job.
Finally, Mancilla indicated that SpaceX had obtained a license to provide broadband Internet service in Argentina months earlier, although this would come in about three years as Arsat (the state telecommunications company) had to evaluate the technical aspects of the implementation. Because, despite having a licence, it is not in a position to operate yet. ,gazette
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