Musk Promises to Limit Impact of Starlink Satellites on Astronomy

SpaceX’s 60 Starlink satellites caused a global sensation over the weekend by shining very brightly in the night sky. However, one group was less than thrilled: astronomers, who worried that Elon Musk’s plan to launch nearly 12,000 satellites to provide global broadband services could interfere with their work.

Musk responded by saying he had instructed the Starlink team to reduce the reflectivity on future satellites. And he also promoted the benefits the Starlink system would bring to those around the world without Internet access.