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Geomagnetic storms occur when a surge of solar wind — charged particles from the sun — smashes into Earth's magnetic field and generates charged particles and currents in Earth's upper atmosphere. The surge warms the upper atmosphere and increases its atmospheric density such that the drag experienced by satellites in low Earth orbit can be enough to send them tumbling back to Earth. The geomagnetic storm experienced by the satellites came from solar wind kicked out by a Jan. 30 coronal mass ejection — an eruption of the sun.
After launch, the 49 SpaceX satellites began orbiting as close to 130 miles (210 kilometers) from Earth. This low orbit was intentionally designed to make the satellites easily disposable in the event of a postlaunch failure, but the low orbit also left them vulnerable to the geomagnetic storm.
Whats with the 200 more to go smear?
originally posted by: mikell
I believe they weren't high enough in their orbit yet and it pushed them back to earth. OOPS!!
It is so astoundingly easy to use software to remove tracks from your images, especially stacked ones that most people use now-a-days.
Stop living up to the name of astronomers being old curmudgeons unwilling to change because you don't like what's new and mildly inconveniencing.