(IAAC) NOT off-topic: Consortium Wishes to Light Up Night Sky!?
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Subject: (IAAC) NOT off-topic: Consortium Wishes to Light Up Night Sky!?
From: Lew Gramer <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 98 15:23:02 -0400
Cc: Dan Green <firstname.lastname@example.org>, The ASTRO Mailing List <email@example.com>, Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston <firstname.lastname@example.org>, North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club <email@example.com>, Lew Gramer (me) <dedalus>
Forgive me if this wild scheme is already generally known,
and far be it from me to be alarmist, BUT...
The following excerpt is from the online pages of "New
Scientist" magazine. Review their complete article at:
"London, Brussels, Seattle and Kiev will be
just some of the cities lit up from space in
November if an ambitious Russian experiment
goes to plan. A consortium of aerospace companies
intends to launch a giant mirror that will reflect
sunlight down to Earth, appearing up to **ten times
as bright as the full Moon**. [!]
"The experiment, called Znamya 275, is the
brainchild of the Space Regatta Consortium
(SRC). The companies involved, led by Energia of
Korolev, near Moscow, hope that a successful test
will drum up interest in their plan to use up to 200
such reflectors to bring sunlight to the Arctic
during the dark days of winter.
"Astronomers are aghast. If the idea catches on,
they say, it could spell the end of ground-based
astronomy by dazzling their telescopes. "I cringe to
think that we could lose the night sky because of
all these companies with their brain-dead ideas,"
says Daniel Green, an astronomer at the
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in