Photometric characterization and trajectory accuracy of Starlink satellites: implications for ground-based astronomical surveys

  title={Photometric characterization and trajectory accuracy of Starlink satellites: implications for ground-based astronomical surveys},
  author={Grace Halferty and Vishnu Reddy and Tanner S. Campbell and Adam Battle and Roberto Furfaro},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
Starlink is a low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation operated by Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) which aims to provide global satellite internet access. Thus far, most photometric observations of Starlink satellites have primarily been from citizen scientists’ visual observations without using quantitative detectors. This paper aims to characterize Starlink satellites and investigate the impact of mega constellations on ground-based astronomy, considering both the… 

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