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Asteroid hunters worry megaconstellations might interfere with planetary defense

Adding to the astronomy community’s general apprehension about the growing number of satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO), a number of planetary defense scientists and researchers have voiced their own concerns about the topic.

Apollo Academic Surveys and Carrie Nugent of the Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts surveyed planetary defense experts on a range of topics regarding near-Earth asteroids (NEA) and comets. Of the 34 experts polled, all of them said they were at least slightly concerned about the effect of satellite overcrowding on asteroid detection; 24% identified as extremely concerned.

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