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New Map Pinpoints Where Starlink Satellites Re-Enter Earth’s Atmosphere For Their Disposal

Have you ever wondered where Starlink's satellites burn on earth? Well, to many people's surprise, it's all across the atmosphere.

An astronomer by the name of Jonathan McDowell has recently launched a map that features the exact locations where Starlink satellites burn up across the earth’s atmosphere. And contrary to many people’s thinking, it takes place all across the planet.

The astronomer gained viral fame when he announced how diligently he was going to be tracking the exact locations pertaining to SpaceX’s satellite deathbed. And this exclusive report is providing so many of us with a clearer understanding of the unknown.

For a while now, the devices were seen burning up at different destinations in the atmosphere as confirmed by the constellations’ latest pathway.

The map was tweeted by the famed astronomer on Sunday and it featured the plotting of several re-entry locations from a whopping 100 different satellites. These were seen de-orbiting and then falling back into the earth.


McDowell was seen explaining how the locations are very random but go in line with the simple knowledge that the last week of orbital decaying and entering back to the atmosphere is not uncontrolled.

Their locations are vastly spaced out and very random with no fixed pathway being followed, he confirmed.

A lot of people were definitely concerned about the news as they feared that such incidents could result in various types of debris slamming into buildings or striking humans on earth.

But there is not a lot to worry about in that respect as SpaceX claims satellites can immediately break down when they make an entry back into the earth’s atmosphere. That is the specific way in which they have been designed by a firm that takes great pride in the safety of its devices.

SpaceX had also spoken about how the falling of satellites is such a quick and intense process because the atmospheric drag and the build-up of heat could result in small things falling apart immediately by burning up.

Speaking to media outlets, the astronomer says he never intended to make a post that would cause the public to worry unnecessarily.

In fact, he only wished to share the news to debunk myths about satellites falling at a specific location or following a specific path. All in all, it’s a great effort we believe, and one that’s gaining applause from those interesting in such astonishing findings.

When we look at stats from last December until now, around 110 satellites belonging to SpaceX have fallen back, as confirmed by the FCC. But the firm says that it makes sure there is zero risk to humans on the ground because it believes in following nothing but conservative techniques while satellites de-orbit.

Today, figures show how there are nearly 3,000 different satellites belonging to Starlink. And within their due time, of five years, we should see them burn up in the air, followed by the immediate introduction of next-generation devices as their replacements.

But the SpaceX company says this is just the beginning. It hopes to launch thousands more to help give users the best and fastest internet service around the world.

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