There’s another asteroid-related warning circulating online these days, and this time, it involves the famous Elon Musk.
Earth could be vulnerable to asteroids due to Starlink
It’s been revealed that astronomers have warned that Elon Musk’s SpaceX and the Starlink project could make our planet vulnerable to asteroid impacts.
Just in case you don’t know, Starlink is SpaceX’s satellite broadband project that is set to send tens of thousands of satellites orbiting Earth in order to deliver the Internet all over the world, to every corner of the planet.
This does sound amazing, but it seems that some astronomers believe it might do more harm than good in human’s massive efforts to save the planet from a potential asteroid hit that could wipe life off the Earth.
The reason is not that difficult to understand: asteroid-hunting telescopes are searching for faint images of asteroids and they use the images in order to analyze the space rocks’ trajectory.
This task will become a more difficult one when the telescopes have to filter out tens of thousands of light-reflecting Starlink satellites, as the online publication Express.co.uk reports.
The same website mentions that there’s one astronomer who believes that experts should have been better prepared for the day when corporations win over the science community.
Astronomer John McDowell told Axios: “The astronomy community dropped the ball. We should have been on this ten years ago, and we didn’t see it coming.”
Asteroid Bennu is acting strange
Speaking of asteroids, it’s been just revealed that asteroid Bennu is acting pretty strange.
A recent discovery about the massive asteroid has scientists shocked according to the latest reports coming from Wired.
The notes reveal that the space rock keeps spitting out rocks into space. Sometimes these can reach a few feet across.
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been orbiting asteroid Bennu for quite a while now. More precisely, the spaceship is orbiting the space rock since back in 2018.