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Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC)

Vía Láctea S/N, San Cristobal de La Laguna (38205), Tenerife

astrobiology, astrophysics, physics
Carmen del Puerto Varela
Head of the Scientific Communication and Culture Unit (UC3)

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Astronomer at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, member of the ICOSAEDRO group of the Spanish Astronomical Society, which studies the impact of new satellite mega constellations on astronomical observation

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orbital debris

Space debris and satellites orbiting close to Earth have proliferated in recent years. Two articles in Nature Astronomy warn of their impact on light pollution. In the first, a team calculates the increase in the brightness of the night sky and warns of the effect on ecosystems and astronomical observations from Earth. In the second, which is a commentary, the authors call for limiting the production of artificial light and the number of satellites in orbit, calling on the scientific community to take on the big space and big light companies. Both articles are co-signed by Salvador Bará, from the Agrupación Astronómica Coruñesa, and the second by Fabio Falchi, from the University of Santiago de Compostela.