Meteor camera reveals scope of satellite pollution

A camera looking for falling stars captured a jumble of satellite trails in one of its worst ever nights of satellite pollution.

The camera, located in North Oxfordshire, England, is operated by the UK Meteor Network. In the image, released on Twitter by the camera’s owner, skywatcher and science communicator Mary McIntyre, star trails can be seen as curved lines and aircraft trails as dotted lines. The rest are streaks left behind by passing satellites. In the hodgepodge, one can find about 25 meteor streaks.

Meteor cameras survey large portions of the sky in a relatively low resolution, looking for sudden bright streaks caused by space rocks passing through Earth’s atmosphere. The long-exposure shots reveal the tracks of everything else that passes through the sky in the given night.

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