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'Satellite constellations' are filling the Arizona night sky

Working to get students access to internet in rural areas ahead of school year
Posted at 12:41 PM, Jul 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-18 15:41:26-04

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A new kind of broadband internet is coming to Tuba City on the Navajo Nation, one beamed down from space by so-called "satellite constellations."

This technology can provide much-needed internet access in rural areas, but it comes with a dilemma.

The new satellites are so bright and so numerous, astronomers worry about the future of the night sky.

A couple of years ago, a public educator named Victoria Girgis was showing a group of visitors around Flagstaff's Lowell Observatory.

They were looking at a group of galaxies through a telescope. Girgis noticed dots moving across the sky all following each other in a line.

Girgis dashed to the telescope and took a picture, which ended up going viral on the Internet.

It captured the first-ever launch of 60 Starlink satellites.