Trails made by Starlink satellites

An image of the NGC 5353/4 galaxy group made with a telescope at Lowell Observatory in Arizona, USA on the night of Saturday 25 May 2019. The diagonal lines running across the image are trails of reflected light left by more than 25 of the 60 recently launched Starlink satellites as they passed through the telescope’s field of view.

Although this image serves as an illustration of the impact of reflections from satellite constellations, please note that the density of these satellites is significantly higher in the days after launch (as seen here) and also that the satellites will diminish in brightness as they reach their final orbital altitude.


Victoria Girgis/Lowell Observatory

About the Image

Release date:
3 June 2019, 11:00
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About the Object

Local Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
Unspecified : Sky Phenomenon : Night Sky : Trail : Satellite

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