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The world’s largest communications satellite is a photobomb threat, astronomers warn

The world’s largest communications satellite, BlueWalker 3, leaves strong white lines in time-lapse images of the cosmos because it’s so bright. (Image credit: CLEOsat/Ckoirama Observatory/IAU CPS. E. Unda-Sanzana)

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A giant new communications satellite that eclipses nearly every star in the night sky is obscuring telescopes’ view of the universe, scientists warn.

The huge orbiting ‘cell phone tower’, known as BlueWalker 3, is creating both visible and invisible interference that could ‘seriously impede progress in our understanding of the cosmos’, officials from the world said. International Astronomical Union (opens in a new tab) (IAU) said in a statement.

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