The Reading / Listening - Satellites - Level 5

Astronomers are worried that our view of the sky is becoming more obscured. Their warning is because of thousands of satellites being launched into orbit in 2020. These will provide high-speed Internet across the world from space. The scientists say space will be so littered with satellites they will compete with the stars for our attention. The satellites will form "mega-constellations" that could get in the way of radio astronomy and affect the quality of images from telescopes. The astronomers said the satellites will appear as dazzling white streaks of light. These could be mistaken for stars.



Experts say there are plans to launch over 46,000 satellites into space in the next few years. This is five times more than the number of objects in space since the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957, six decades ago. The new satellites will provide much faster Internet speeds and greater connectivity to even the remotest areas of the world. Today, 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. Astrophysicist Dr Dave Clements called the initiative a "tragedy".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Satellites - Level 4 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. our view of the sky is becoming
  2. launched into
  3. space will be so littered llites
  4. the satellites will form
  5. get in the way
  6. affect the quality of images
  7. dazzling white
  8. These could be
  1. orbit
  2. streaks of light
  3. of radio astronomy
  4. mistaken for stars
  5. with sate
  6. more obscured
  7. "mega-constellations"
  8. from telescopes

Paragraph 2

  1. in the next
  2. greater
  3. the remotest areas
  4. rural
  5. zero Internet
  6. SpaceX will launch
  7. a further 12,000 in
  8. Clements called the initiative
  1. of the world
  2. the next decade
  3. areas
  4. a "tragedy"
  5. 120 satellites
  6. connectivity
  7. few years
  8. coverage

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Astronomers are worried (1) ___________________ of the sky is becoming more obscured. Their warning is because of thousands of satellites being (2) ___________________ in 2020. These will provide high-speed Internet across the world from space. The scientists say space will (3) ___________________ with satellites they will compete with the stars for our attention. The satellites will form "mega-constellations" that could get in (4) ___________________ radio astronomy and affect the quality of images from telescopes. The astronomers said the satellites will appear as (5) ___________________ of light. These could be (6) ___________________.

Experts say there are (7) ___________________ over 46,000 satellites into space in the next few years. This is five times more (8) ___________________ of objects in space since the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957, six decades ago. The new satellites (9) ___________________ faster Internet speeds and (10) ___________________ even the remotest areas of the world. Today, about 14 million Americans live in rural areas with (11) ___________________. SpaceX will launch 120 satellites in January and a further 12,000 in the next decade. Astrophysicist Dr Dave Clements called the (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Astronomersareworriedthatourviewoftheskyisbecomingmoreobscu
red.Theirwarningisbecauseofthousandsofsatellitesbeinglaunchedin
toorbitin2020.Thesewillprovidehigh-speedInternetacrosstheworl
dfromspace.Thescientistssayspacewillbesolitteredwithsatellitesthe
ywillcompetewiththestarsforourattention.Thesatelliteswillform"me
ga-constellations"thatcouldgetinthewayofradioastronomyandaffec
tthequalityofimagesfromtelescopes.Theastronomerssaidthesatellit
eswillappearasdazzlingwhitestreaksoflight.Thesecouldbemistakenf
orstars.Expertssaythereareplanstolaunchover46,000satellitesintos
paceinthenextfewyears.Thisisfivetimesmorethanthenumberofobjec
tsinspacesincethelaunchofSputnik1in1957,sixdecadesago.Thenew
satelliteswillprovidemuchfasterInternetspeedsandgreaterconnectiv
itytoeventheremotestareasoftheworld.Today,about14millionAmeri
cansliveinruralareaswithzeroInternetcoverage.SpaceXwilllaunch12
0satellitesinJanuaryandafurther12,000inthenextdecade.Astrophysi
cistDrDaveClementscalledtheinitiativea"tragedy".

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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(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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