A VIDEO of Elon Musk’s web of Starlink satellites has left onlookers stunned, as scientists warn of their little-known risks to the night sky.

There are, at most, around 9,000 stars visible to Earth’s view of the sky, and around 5,000 Starlink satellites, as of August.

All Starlink satellites currently orbiting Earth

All Starlink satellites currently orbiting EarthCredit: X / @flightclubio

The orange dots represent Starlink satellites.

According to new research, low-frequency radio waves are ‘leaking’ into the sky and hurting scientist’s ability to make astronomical observations.

Sky gazers fear that soon satellites will outnumber the amount of stars there are to see, according to comments made on Musk’s social media platform X (formerly Twitter).

One onlooker called the video“depressing”, before adding: “Literally in only a few years they will outnumber the stars themselves.

“Gotta love lack of oversight that allows megalomaniacs to ruin the planet for everyone.”

“That’s just a start because repeat this over again with China and India and other billionaire space Cowboys.”

However, Dr Kit Chapman, science historian and lecturer at Falmouth University, was quick to point out that these orange dots are not to scale.

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“But ‘omg this little animation shows space is so overcrowded’… like, do they seriously think each satellite is the size of Greater London?

“Space is not overcrowded. We humans are just really crap at understanding scale and numbers.”

Another onlooker wrote the video wasn’t particularly “impressive or scary” but that it made clear Starlink would be significantly contributing to space debris.

“It seems like Starlink satellites are designed to deorbit, but they risk collisions and creating more debris,” they tweeted.

A looming issue

Space junk, or space debris, is anything left by humans that is stuck in Earth’s orbit – be it a piece a dead satellite or fleck of paint chipped off a rocket.

Objects in Earth’s orbit travel at about 15,000 miles per hour – fast enough that if a small piece collided with a satellite or space ship it could do serious damage.

The International Space Station often engages in manoeuvring missions to avoid pieces of space junk.

But as the global space industry opens up to billionaire entrepreneurs like Musk, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Richard Branson‘s Virgin Galactic – activity in Earth’s orbit has rocketed.

Scientists are not only concerned that the growing number of satellites in orbit will change the landscape of the night sky.

But they are also afraid of an extreme collision event, like what Nasa scientist Donald Kessler proposed in 1978.

He said that if there was too much space junk in orbit, it could result in a chain reaction.

In this instance, more objects collide and create new space junk in the process, to the point where Earth’s orbit became unusable.

A BOY of 15 has been killed in a giant explosion feared to have been triggered by detonating electric car batteries.

At least 163 were also injured following the huge blast in a customs warehouse near Tashkent Airport in Uzbekistan in the early hours, which was felt up to 20 miles away.

The blast sent a huge fireball into the air

The blast sent a huge fireball into the airCredit: East2West

A boy, 15, died in the wake of the blast

A boy, 15, died in the wake of the blastCredit: east2west

Shocking footage shows the explosion at 2.43am local time, which caused damage to hundreds of houses and other buildings over a vast area.

Batteries for electric cars exploded at the airport warehouse, it is understood.

Dozens of ambulances ferried the wounded to hospitals and at least five children suffered wounds from shattered glass.

A 15-year-old boy died after a frame collapsed on his head due to the explosion.

Initial reports suggested a plane crash, forcing authorities in the ex-Soviet state to deny this was the cause of the thunderous explosion that shook much of the city.

The Uzbek Interior Ministry later claimed lightning struck a warehouse where electric cars and batteries were stored, sparking the blast and fire.