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Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Mississippi


Event Information:

  • Tue

    Oxford Science Cafe

    6:00 pmUptown Coffee, 265 North Lamar Blvd, Oxford, Mississippi

    Dr. Michelle Hanlon,
    Center for Air and Space Law,
    University of Mississippi

    Low Earth Orbit: The Last Frontier for Pollution?

    Throughout history and prehistory humans have looked to the familiar stars and planets that populate our night sky for inspiration, guidance and solace. As our technological capabilities developed, we began to also study the night sky, developing a deeper understanding of the Universe, and our place in it. Today we have learned to take advantage of our orbit to benefit humanity with satellites that provide GPS, telecommunications and provide legions of data about our planet that, among other things, helps us understand and fight climate change. But now our orbit is getting crowded, some would even say polluted. Small satellite constellations are literally clouding the vision of our telescopes, reducing our field of view, and our ability to track near Earth objects. Michelle Hanlon will talk about what policymakers, industry and lawyers are doing to protect our orbit and our night skies.


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