Photo of the day: SpaceX Starlink satellites fly against the background of polar light

Photo of the day: SpaceX Starlink satellites fly against the background of polar light

Earlier this month, members of the tour group The Aurora Chasers observed the polar glow near the town of Farbanks, located in central Alaska, at a time when a string of SpaceX Starlink satellites appeared in the sky and were immediately captured on tourist cameras.

A tour guide, Ronne Murray, said that Starlink satellites were well visible in Alaska's night sky twice this month, and he watched them on 1 and 2 September at night.

In recent years, Starlink satellites have been the focus of astronomical attention, many of which have said that space vehicles of SpaceX have interfered with scientific activity because of their high brightness. In response, SpaceX has begun to darken the surface of some satellites, but this has not convinced astronomers who continue to express displeasure, especially in view of the rapid pace at which Starlink is growing.

According to available data, SpaceX has now launched more than 3,200 Starlink satellites into orbit. In addition, the company has a permit to launch another 12,000 spacecraft. The starlink satellite shipment in Alaska was launched into space on 31 August. Since then, SpaceX has conducted three more space launches, in which Starlink has added dozens of new spacecraft.