Originally Posted by Blze001
My little brother is studying astronomy. They're livid about this, it's gonna severely inhibit ground-based observations.
Oh? Did he make sure to tweet about it? Bless his soul.
It won't effect him unless he's trying to do astronomy with a spyglass and polaroid camera.
Each satellite's orbit will be carefully plotted and the locations and times available publicly to astronomers. In most modern observatories, they'll just plug this information in to their scheduling software and work around it without a single issue. If their work requires observation of a target in an area where they cannot avoid the satellites, software already exists that will automatically adjust for speed, angle and albedo to delete it from the image over the entirety of the exposure as if it never existed. No data lost.
Do all ground based observatories have this? No. Most of them don't, actually, but that's kind of the point. Time to upgrade, those facilities could be much more efficient and effective if they stopped using mainframes dating back to the Reagan era.
Next time he kicks up a fuss about it, point out that by launching 60 satellites simultaneously SpaceX also demonstrated their ability to cheaply and effectively create an imaging device that is larger than the earth, meaning larger than the array of observatories used to take the first image of a black hole at a fraction of the cost, and at higher resolutions.
I love astronomy, it's one of my favorite sciences, but I swear sometimes I think actual astronomers imagine that they're all trapped in the 16th century with Galileo and they'd prefer it if the rest of the world never advanced beyond that point, just the telescopes.
It's like they don't realize that it takes hundreds of specialists from dozens of different industries to build those telescopes or something.
Meanwhile, now that I know I'll soon be able to get good internet while being as far away from society as possible, I think I'll start shopping for some prime real estate that would otherwise be off my radar, like a nice plot in the bottom of Hells Canyon where the walls can be as high as 7000 feet.