The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, the next major US ground-based astronomical infrastructure project, may be compromised by SpaceX and other satellite swarms.
NSF’s NOIRLab and the American Astronomical Society hosted the SATCON1 workshop in July to study the detrimental effects of satellite constellations on astronomical observations. The SATCON1 Press Release and Report with recommendations on mitigation are now available on-line. UM’s Pat Seitzer was a section leader.
The Marquette Astronomical Society’s initiative to designate part of Presque Isle as a Dark Sky Park has stalled:
SpaceX has “committed to making future satellite designs as dark as possible.” They are working with the astronomy community to mitigate the visibility of their satellite constellation, as described HERE.
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) Public Policy staff worked with the AAS Committee on Light Pollution, Radio Interference, and Space Debris to form a working group meant to interface between the astronomical scientific community and SpaceX. The working group includes UM’s Pat Seitzer.
“Smart” adaptive driving beam (ADB) headlights are already in use in other parts of the world. Supposedly they know how to cut glare, but they are on high beams by default.
The Free Press reports that Pure Michigan is launching a 30-second commercial on “Dark Skies” featuring the aurora. It will play in movie theaters for about 6 weeks.