Astronomers set up a new center to address issues raised by SpaceX and Amazon satellite networks

February 4, 2022 | GEEKWIRE, ALAN BOYLE

This image of Venus and the Pleiades shows the tracks of Starlink satellites. The reflective surfaces of the satellites, coupled with the fact that they are orbiting around Earth, mean that astronomical observations that require very long exposures capture “tracks” of the satellites in their images.  This image by Torsten Hansen of Germany won third place in the 2021 IAU OAE Astrophotography Contest, category Light Pollution.