Starlink-96 satellites to grace the Jordanian sky

Starlink. (Photo: Twitter)
AMMAN — On Tuesday, August 8 at 8:44 PM, observers in Jordan will have the opportunity to witness a sequence of bright, consecutive lights as the Starlink-96 satellites, also known as the space internet project, pass overhead. The satellites will traverse the night sky from the northwest to the northeast, according to Ammar Sakaji, president of the Jordan Astronomical Society.اضافة اعلان

In the early hours of Monday, August 8th, at 5:24 AM local time in Jordan, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket took off from Florida's launch site. This launch carried with it 22 satellites from the Starlink-96 G6-8 constellation. These satellites have commenced their orbital journey around Earth, Khaberni reported. 

To date, SpaceX has successfully deployed around 4,900 satellites as part of the Starlink constellation, with 4,500 of them actively operating. The company has secured approval for the deployment of an additional 12,000 satellites and has submitted a request for permission to launch an impressive 30,000 more satellites. 

However, concerns have been raised by some astronomical entities regarding the potential consequences of such a vast number of satellites, including increased space debris, disruptions to astronomical observations, and interference with the study of astronomy and cosmology.

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