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The night sky will never be the same — Elon Musk’s plan for worldwide internet has sent bright artificial lights streaking through the dark

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    vord
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    So in some ways, I get the desire to bring global internet to the world. Overall, I would classify it as a nobal goal. However, this article raises some great points, especially surrounding the...

    So in some ways, I get the desire to bring global internet to the world. Overall, I would classify it as a nobal goal.

    However, this article raises some great points, especially surrounding the concept of "this is happening whether you want it or not, and you have no voice in the matter." I find it disturbing that anybody with sufficient funds can make such a far reaching, hard to reverse, unilateral decisions without any external input.

    And I don't count USA regulators in that regard. In this day and age they'll rubber stamp tons of stuff without considering the consequences.

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    1. multubunu
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      Regulation is reactive to transgression. What's new is how fast SpaceX was able to get its huge program going, the FCC is not the only one to be taken by surprise; Russia and China, with their...

      anybody with sufficient funds can make such a far reaching, hard to reverse, unilateral decisions without any external input.

      Regulation is reactive to transgression. What's new is how fast SpaceX was able to get its huge program going, the FCC is not the only one to be taken by surprise; Russia and China, with their territories flown over, had nothing to say either - yet.

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    Wes
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    Well no, that isn't right because you can't see them at night. The night sky will be exactly the same. Dawn and dusk will be affected, however.

    Well no, that isn't right because you can't see them at night. The night sky will be exactly the same. Dawn and dusk will be affected, however.

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      asoftbird
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      I've seen them in the night, little bit after launch. Bunch of white dots close together passing over. Definitely somewhere around midnight. Though the newer satellites may be darker so this...

      I've seen them in the night, little bit after launch. Bunch of white dots close together passing over. Definitely somewhere around midnight. Though the newer satellites may be darker so this anecdote might not apply to them.

      Edit; news post that confirms they were seen around 11pm https://www.nu.nl/wetenschap/5908119/geen-ufos-maar-zestig-satellieten-spacex-boven-nederland.amp

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      1. Wes
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        That article is referring to a launch, is it not? Launches will definitely be visible at night. Once the satellites are in place that shouldn't be a problem though.

        That article is referring to a launch, is it not? Launches will definitely be visible at night. Once the satellites are in place that shouldn't be a problem though.