The Reading / Listening - Satellites - Level 4

Astronomers fear our view of the stars will be obscured. Their warning is because of thousands of satellites going into orbit in 2020. These will provide high-speed Internet worldwide. Space will be so littered with satellites they will compete with stars for our attention. They will form "mega-constellations" that could affect radio astronomy and the quality of telescope images. The satellites will appear as dazzling white light that could be mistaken for stars.



Experts say over 46,000 satellites will go into space in the next few years. An astrophysicist called this a "tragedy". It is five times more than those launched since Sputnik 1, six decades ago. The satellites will provide much faster Internet speeds and greater connectivity to the remotest areas of the world. About 14 million Americans live in rural areas with zero Internet coverage. SpaceX will launch 120 satellites in January and a further 12,000 in the next decade.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Satellites - Level 5 or  Satellites - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.cnbc.com/2019/12/14/spacex-oneweb-and-amazon-to-launch-thousands-more-satellites-in-2020s.html
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50870117
  • http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/First_launch_of_UKs_OneWeb_satellites_from_Baikonur_now_set_for_30_Jan_999.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. our view of the stars
  2. thousands of satellites
  3. These will provide high-
  4. compete with stars
  5. They will form
  6. the quality of telescope
  7. satellites will appear as dazzling
  8. could be mistaken
  1. white light
  2. for our attention
  3. for stars
  4. speed Internet
  5. images
  6. "mega-constellations"
  7. going into orbit
  8. will be obscured

Paragraph 2

  1. over 46,000 satellites
  2. An astrophysicist called
  3. greater
  4. to the remotest areas
  5. 14 million Americans live in
  6. zero Internet
  7. launch
  8. in the next
  1. rural areas
  2. connectivity
  3. decade
  4. 120 satellites
  5. will go into space
  6. of the world
  7. this a "tragedy"
  8. coverage

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Astronomers (1) ___________________ of the stars will be obscured. Their warning is because of thousands of satellites (2) ___________________ in 2020. These will provide high-speed Internet worldwide. Space will be (3) ___________________ satellites they will compete with stars for our attention. They will (4) ___________________ that could affect radio astronomy and the quality (5) ___________________. The satellites will appear as (6) ___________________ that could be mistaken for stars.

Experts say over 46,000 satellites will go (7) ___________________ the next few years. An astrophysicist called (8) ___________________. It is five times more than those launched since Sputnik 1, (9) ___________________. The satellites will provide much faster Internet speeds (10) ___________________ to the remotest areas of the world. About 14 million Americans live in rural (11) ___________________ Internet coverage. SpaceX will launch 120 satellites in January and a further 12,000 in (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Astronomersfearourviewofthestarswillbeobscured.Theirwarningisb
ecauseofthousandsofsatellitesgoingintoorbitin2020.Thesewillprovi
dehigh-speedInternetworldwide.Spacewillbesolitteredwithsatellite
stheywillcompetewithstarsforourattention.Theywillform"mega-co
nstellations"thatcouldaffectradioastronomyandthequalityoftelesco
peimages.Thesatelliteswillappearasdazzlingwhitelightthatcouldbe
mistakenforstars.Expertssayover46,000satelliteswillgointospacein
thenextfewyears.Anastrophysicistcalledthisa"tragedy".Itisfivetime
smorethanthoselaunchedsinceSputnik1,sixdecadesago.Thesatellit
eswillprovidemuchfasterInternetspeedsandgreaterconnectivitytoth
eremotestareasoftheworld.About14millionAmericansliveinruralare
aswithzeroInternetcoverage.SpaceXwilllaunch120satellitesinJanua
ryandafurther12,000inthenextdecade.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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