- Aug 21, 2010
Elon Musk’s plan for worldwide internet has sent bright artificial, lights streaking through the dark.
This reminded me of Edmund defacing the stone lion in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. That's not a very good analogy.
When we look into the night sky -- those of us who can see it, at least; for people in places with heavy light pollution, this topic is not so immediate, visceral -- we're looking into the past. Even when we look at Venus, we're looking at light that left it (reflected sunlight) roughly a little over 2 minutes ago. But when we look at Sirius, shining brightly in Northern Hemisphere skies, we're looking 8.5 years into the past. Spot Betelgeuse and you're looking about 430 years into the past. Where I live you can see the Andromeda galaxy... that is, as it was over 2 million years ago.
I really don't want our contemplation of the heavens and of time to be disrupted by a stream of nasty little satellites put up there by some billionaire.