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(Forbes)   The night sky is about to get a whole lot worse thanks to Elon Musk   (forbes.com) divider line
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2021-01-19 3:10:13 AM  
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2021-01-19 3:32:39 AM  
Well then I guess we need to convince Elon Musk to include optical telescopes on a subset of those satellites so that whatever you wanted to observe from the ground can instead be imaged from orbit. Perhaps signing up for his internet service would get you some timeshare slots to use those instruments to make whatever observations you are interested in.
 
2021-01-19 4:07:08 AM  

fragMasterFlash: Well then I guess we need to convince Elon Musk to include optical telescopes on a subset of those satellites so that whatever you wanted to observe from the ground can instead be imaged from orbit. Perhaps signing up for his internet service would get you some timeshare slots to use those instruments to make whatever observations you are interested in.


I actually sent an email suggesting that. My idea was a small camera attached to each satellite pointing out. To create massive array, with merged images, creating a virtual lens the circumference of earth
 
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2021-01-19 9:20:12 AM  

sithon: fragMasterFlash: Well then I guess we need to convince Elon Musk to include optical telescopes on a subset of those satellites so that whatever you wanted to observe from the ground can instead be imaged from orbit. Perhaps signing up for his internet service would get you some timeshare slots to use those instruments to make whatever observations you are interested in.

I actually sent an email suggesting that. My idea was a small camera attached to each satellite pointing out. To create massive array, with merged images, creating a virtual lens the circumference of earth


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That's a crazy idea!  We should do it, or something crazier, but like it!

But on a tangent, this was always going to happen as humankind advanced.  Structures weren't always going to be earthbound.  Space observatories were always going to be needed in order to get beyond the clutter of an expanding civilization.
 
2021-01-19 9:20:26 AM  
Forbes: Not even once.
 
2021-01-19 9:21:34 AM  
Some tiny chance I will have another option besides Comcast, thanks to Elon Musk...
 
2021-01-19 9:23:52 AM  
I guess Fark has turned on Elon Musk.  Weird Al, you're day is coming soon.
 
2021-01-19 9:24:20 AM  
OJFC.  Your.  YOUR.
 
2021-01-19 9:28:00 AM  

DVD: sithon: fragMasterFlash: Well then I guess we need to convince Elon Musk to include optical telescopes on a subset of those satellites so that whatever you wanted to observe from the ground can instead be imaged from orbit. Perhaps signing up for his internet service would get you some timeshare slots to use those instruments to make whatever observations you are interested in.

I actually sent an email suggesting that. My idea was a small camera attached to each satellite pointing out. To create massive array, with merged images, creating a virtual lens the circumference of earth

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That's a crazy idea!  We should do it, or something crazier, but like it!

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I way we take this idea to the next level by having a lens facing out and a projection screen facing in rendering the satellites virtually invisible. Well, except for the ones with a dead pixel. Those would stand out pretty bad.
 
2021-01-19 9:28:29 AM  

FLMountainMan: I guess Fark has turned on Elon Musk.  Weird Al, you're day is coming soon.


Musk has always been divisive here.
 
2021-01-19 9:37:34 AM  

FLMountainMan: I guess Fark has turned on Elon Musk.  Weird Al, you're day is coming soon.


Also, Betty White and Dolly Parton.
 
2021-01-19 10:03:35 AM  
Off topic but why does  every damn Fark Tab but this one have an easy way to find the RSS for in Feedly?
 
2021-01-19 10:53:54 AM  
So, Elon Musk is the Reverse Mr. Burns? Mr... Snrub?
 
2021-01-19 11:21:49 AM  

FLMountainMan: I guess Fark has turned on Elon Musk.  Weird Al, you're day is coming soon.


Elon Musk is a spectacular asshole.  Ruining astronomy for cell phone service is just one example.  He called a boy scout leader a pederast.
 
2021-01-19 11:22:42 AM  
People biatch and moan that they have no cellular signal or data out in the wilderness.  And now they do, but they've just switched to biatching and moaning that the night sky isn't pristine anymore.
 
2021-01-19 11:30:49 AM  

sithon: fragMasterFlash: Well then I guess we need to convince Elon Musk to include optical telescopes on a subset of those satellites so that whatever you wanted to observe from the ground can instead be imaged from orbit. Perhaps signing up for his internet service would get you some timeshare slots to use those instruments to make whatever observations you are interested in.

I actually sent an email suggesting that. My idea was a small camera attached to each satellite pointing out. To create massive array, with merged images, creating a virtual lens the circumference of earth


Or most likely, fit them with ultra bright LEDs and maneuver them into arrangements to spell out advertisements like "ENJOY COCA COLA"
 
2021-01-19 11:33:21 AM  

syrynxx: FLMountainMan: I guess Fark has turned on Elon Musk.  Weird Al, you're day is coming soon.

Elon Musk is a spectacular asshole.  Ruining astronomy for cell phone service is just one example.  He called a boy scout leader a pederast.


Spectacular assholes are the kind of people who get things done.  Or, more properly, get other people to get things done.

In fact, your favorite politician is a spectacular asshole.   You don't get to be successful at pretty much anything without being an asshole.  And you don't get to be the best at something without being a spectacular asshole.

We tend to ignore this kind of thing when we like what they are doing, but we are the first to jump on it when a spectacular asshole we don't like does something we don't agree with.
 
2021-01-19 11:47:51 AM  
It's fun and games till others start sending their own satellites up their.
 
2021-01-19 11:50:23 AM  

drjekel_mrhyde: It's fun and games till others start sending their own satellites up their.


Up their what?
 
2021-01-19 12:42:57 PM  

syrynxx: FLMountainMan: I guess Fark has turned on Elon Musk.  Weird Al, you're day is coming soon.

Elon Musk is a spectacular asshole.  Ruining astronomy for cell phone service is just one example.  He called a boy scout leader a pederast.


Our politicians are calling National Guardsmen white supremacists. Shrug.  And he's not ruining astronomy.  FFS, most people live in cities and can't see the stars anyway.
 
2021-01-19 12:45:11 PM  
Fark you guys. It used to be a joke--we'd try to sell advertising on the moon. Advertisers wanted to put billboards in the sky, and somehow, it never happened. People got grossed out.
Well, not anymore! Who needs Big Sky Country, when you can use that space for more advertising? Who needs a farking star, when you can look up and see every purchases ever designed for you and your perfect bubblewrapped world? You want STARS? Google Galaxy is up there, giving you a GPS to the skies, wrapped up in product placements, ways to ID stars, soothing nature music that will make you forget that you haven't been outside in four months.

And who needs to? Everything is right here, in front of you! That shiat is practically being piped right into your brain, you;re so woke. There's not a product out there that you haven't been informed about, and you're so busy planning what to buy next that you aren't sure that you ever seen a star. What difference does it make?? You have Google Galaxy! You have stock in Tesla! You have frequent flier miles! You don't give a FARK about stars, or animals, or your vapid, wasteful lifestyle, when it's all so damn EASY to live like this.
A bunch of satellites up in the sky that you haven;t looked at in 20 years? Who the fark CARES?

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Oh but you're a LIBERAL.
 
2021-01-19 12:46:53 PM  

fragMasterFlash: Well then I guess we need to convince Elon Musk to include optical telescopes on a subset of those satellites so that whatever you wanted to observe from the ground can instead be imaged from orbit. Perhaps signing up for his internet service would get you some timeshare slots to use those instruments to make whatever observations you are interested in.


WELL THEN LET'S JUST SELL SOME MORE shiat. THAT WILL TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING.
 
2021-01-19 12:57:48 PM  

optikeye: sithon: fragMasterFlash: Well then I guess we need to convince Elon Musk to include optical telescopes on a subset of those satellites so that whatever you wanted to observe from the ground can instead be imaged from orbit. Perhaps signing up for his internet service would get you some timeshare slots to use those instruments to make whatever observations you are interested in.

I actually sent an email suggesting that. My idea was a small camera attached to each satellite pointing out. To create massive array, with merged images, creating a virtual lens the circumference of earth

Or most likely, fit them with ultra bright LEDs and maneuver them into arrangements to spell out advertisements like "ENJOY COCA COLA"


with the way Elon typically responds to complaints im honestly shocked he hasn't had a launch group do an extra orbit making a giant picture of his face across the night sky or something before taking up stations.
 
2021-01-19 1:04:10 PM  
You guys selling your Tesla stock now? Ooohhhhhhhhh Noooooooooooooooooooo

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This is fine. You've lost any right to biatch about anything. You stink of hypocrisy and dirty money.
 
2021-01-19 1:06:40 PM  

dittybopper: syrynxx: FLMountainMan: I guess Fark has turned on Elon Musk.  Weird Al, you're day is coming soon.

Elon Musk is a spectacular asshole.  Ruining astronomy for cell phone service is just one example.  He called a boy scout leader a pederast.

Spectacular assholes are the kind of people who get things done.  Or, more properly, get other people to get things done.

In fact, your favorite politician is a spectacular asshole.   You don't get to be successful at pretty much anything without being an asshole.  And you don't get to be the best at something without being a spectacular asshole.

We tend to ignore this kind of thing when we like what they are doing, but we are the first to jump on it when a spectacular asshole we don't like does something we don't agree with.


I somewhat agree.  But this assholde is destroying our beauty and understanding of the universe so that... peasants in Africa who can't afford cellphones could had service if the wanted it?  This is comparable to burning the Library of Alexandria.  Elon Musk is a shiathead.
 
2021-01-19 1:16:12 PM  
the more thigns change, the more they stay the same:
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2021-01-19 1:29:19 PM  

syrynxx: dittybopper: syrynxx: FLMountainMan: I guess Fark has turned on Elon Musk.  Weird Al, you're day is coming soon.

Elon Musk is a spectacular asshole.  Ruining astronomy for cell phone service is just one example.  He called a boy scout leader a pederast.

Spectacular assholes are the kind of people who get things done.  Or, more properly, get other people to get things done.

In fact, your favorite politician is a spectacular asshole.   You don't get to be successful at pretty much anything without being an asshole.  And you don't get to be the best at something without being a spectacular asshole.

We tend to ignore this kind of thing when we like what they are doing, but we are the first to jump on it when a spectacular asshole we don't like does something we don't agree with.

I somewhat agree.  But this assholde is destroying our beauty and understanding of the universe so that... peasants in Africa who can't afford cellphones could had service if the wanted it?  This is comparable to burning the Library of Alexandria.  Elon Musk is a shiathead.


No, it's comparable to allowing the "peasants in Africa" (JFC, BTW) access to the Library of Alexandria.  I know, I know, they might get uppity.  But there's no "understanding of the universe" that's going to be lost.  If anything, it will be accessible to a greater number of people.
 
2021-01-19 2:53:11 PM  

FLMountainMan: syrynxx: dittybopper: syrynxx: FLMountainMan: I guess Fark has turned on Elon Musk.  Weird Al, you're day is coming soon.

Elon Musk is a spectacular asshole.  Ruining astronomy for cell phone service is just one example.  He called a boy scout leader a pederast.

Spectacular assholes are the kind of people who get things done.  Or, more properly, get other people to get things done.

In fact, your favorite politician is a spectacular asshole.   You don't get to be successful at pretty much anything without being an asshole.  And you don't get to be the best at something without being a spectacular asshole.

We tend to ignore this kind of thing when we like what they are doing, but we are the first to jump on it when a spectacular asshole we don't like does something we don't agree with.

I somewhat agree.  But this assholde is destroying our beauty and understanding of the universe so that... peasants in Africa who can't afford cellphones could had service if the wanted it?  This is comparable to burning the Library of Alexandria.  Elon Musk is a shiathead.

No, it's comparable to allowing the "peasants in Africa" (JFC, BTW) access to the Library of Alexandria.  I know, I know, they might get uppity.  But there's no "understanding of the universe" that's going to be lost.  If anything, it will be accessible to a greater number of people.


Have you seen astronomy pictures since he's launched? Full of streaks. I didn't say stargazing. I said astronomy.
 
2021-01-19 2:58:17 PM  

syrynxx: dittybopper: syrynxx: FLMountainMan: I guess Fark has turned on Elon Musk.  Weird Al, you're day is coming soon.

Elon Musk is a spectacular asshole.  Ruining astronomy for cell phone service is just one example.  He called a boy scout leader a pederast.

Spectacular assholes are the kind of people who get things done.  Or, more properly, get other people to get things done.

In fact, your favorite politician is a spectacular asshole.   You don't get to be successful at pretty much anything without being an asshole.  And you don't get to be the best at something without being a spectacular asshole.

We tend to ignore this kind of thing when we like what they are doing, but we are the first to jump on it when a spectacular asshole we don't like does something we don't agree with.

I somewhat agree.  But this assholde is destroying our beauty and understanding of the universe so that... peasants in Africa who can't afford cellphones could had service if the wanted it?  This is comparable to burning the Library of Alexandria.  Elon Musk is a shiathead.


No, he really isn't doing that.   First of all, this isn't destroying the beauty of the night sky, not by any means.  You won't even be able to see these during most of the night, only during that time after dusk and before dawn when they are in sun light before the ground is.

Secondly, it's not in anyway destroying out ability to observe the Universe.  There are already roughly 29,000 objects in orbit bigger than 10 cm in size.  The orbits of the Starlink satellites are well known, and they've got a process for de-orbiting them when they are no longer needed.

Third, that attitude of "screw the poors, they don't deserve Internet for living in places that aren't cities..   Especially the *BROWN* people" is quite disturbing.
 
2021-01-19 3:21:33 PM  

dittybopper: No, he really isn't doing that.   First of all, this isn't destroying the beauty of the night sky, not by any means.  You won't even be able to see these during most of the night, only during that time after dusk and before dawn when they are in sun light before the ground is.


Yes he really is doing that.  I didn't say screw the poors.  He's ruining astronomy to ostensibly provide internet access to places too diverse to have cell towers.

This is ruining astronomy, which is what that jackass is doing.

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2021-01-19 7:44:03 PM  

syrynxx: dittybopper: No, he really isn't doing that.   First of all, this isn't destroying the beauty of the night sky, not by any means.  You won't even be able to see these during most of the night, only during that time after dusk and before dawn when they are in sun light before the ground is.

Yes he really is doing that.  I didn't say screw the poors.  He's ruining astronomy to ostensibly provide internet access to places too diverse to have cell towers.

This is ruining astronomy, which is what that jackass is doing.

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Yep.

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