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Media Briefing Invitation: Satellite Constellations and Astronomy, 23 July 2021

23/07/2021 - 23/07/2021 Royal Astronomical Society (RAS)
Location: Online

Journalists are warmly invited to attend a media briefing on “Satellite Constellations and Astronomy” at 15:00 BST on Friday 23 July, at the online National Astronomy Meeting (NAM 2021).

The next decade could see up to 100,000 satellites deployed in low-Earth orbit in a series of so-called ‘megaconstellations’. These systems pose potential challenges for astronomy on the ground and in space, from harming our view of the night sky to interfering with radio astronomy. New observatories under construction at both optical and radio wavelengths are likely to be significantly affected, for example the Rubin Observatory in Chile and the Square Kilometre Array in southern Africa and Australia.

NAM 2021 includes two scientific sessions with experts in this field, covering the expected impact on astronomical facilities, observations of satellite constellations already deployed and the ongoing international political response.

*** All of these topics will be considered at the media briefing, chaired by Heidi Thiemann, Space Project Manager, Truro and Penwith College. Please contact a member of the conference press team ( for the Zoom login details. ***

Speakers at the briefing include:

  • Heidi Thiemann (Chair), Truro and Penwith College
  • Dr Connie Walker, NOIRLab and co-chair, SATCON 2 Working Group
  • Dr Andy Williams, European Southern Observatory and delegate to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
  • Dr Bob Watson, Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics
  • James Blake, University of Warwick (studying space sustainability)
23/07/2021 - 23/07/2021 Royal Astronomical Society (RAS)
Regions: Europe, United Kingdom
Keywords: Science, Science Policy, Space Science, Public Dialogue - science


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