Satellite knot

I have a great admiration for sailors. Day or night, just the ocean and the sky to look at. 

And then it happens!

Now, a satellite train keeps circling the planet in an endless loop. Is there any link between a satellite knot and a Starlink satellite train? None that we know of, but it’s a great segue for this week’s illustration. The combination of the two creates an intriguing design, mysterious, fearsome, and ethereal at the same time. 

Are we chain linking the planet?  Adrian Jimenez Pascual presented a new family of knots called lassos to construct families of satellite knots. Could they rope the pesky little balls too?


  • Center image: A train of Starlink satellites passing over Pukehina, New Zealand. Image courtesy Astrofarmer.



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