Prof Don Pollaco Dept of Physics, Univ of Warwick) will give tonight’s talk. Here we look at the prospects for ground based astronomy in the new era of satellite mega constellations. The shear number of satellites and launches is expected to exponentially increase over the next few years. Not only will this impact on our view of the universe but it will also dramatically increase the amount of space debris bringing forward the prospects for a Kessler event. In this talk we will examine the likely technical problems that this many satellites will inflict on optical astronomy as well as ways to mitigate the worse of these effects.
There will be a short break and an astronomy news update from Gordon Ewen.
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