Researchers claim that Elon Musk's Starlink internet satellites could give Earth its first techno-signature. This info was first revealed by the study entitled "From the SpaceX Starlink megaconstellation to the search for Type-I civilizations." 

Experts Claim SpaceX Starlink Could Lead to Earth's Techno-Signature: What Will It Look Like?
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According to Teslarati's latest report, Zaza Osmanov, a professor in astrophysics at the Free University of Tbilisi, is the one the leads the new research, who, along with the other researchers said that this techno-signature would be visible from deep space. 

This means that astronomers and other researchers that are far out from Earth could see this bizarre display. If you don't know what it is, then here are other details that you should know. 

What is Techno-Signature

NASA's Astrobiology's blog post explained that the techno-signature is the sign that there is a technology existing on a planet. It is the evidence that proves that there are industrial activities that are happening in that heavenly body. 

Experts Claim SpaceX Starlink Could Lead to Earth's Techno-Signature: What Will It Look Like?
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Osmanov also added that the techno-signature is likely to happen since SpaceX's internet satellites could be visible to instruments such as the VLT or Very Large Telescope and China's FAST radio telescope. 

These space technologies could see a techno-signature from 260 light-years away. The researchers also added that these giant scopes are comparable with other FAST telescopes, which could also be able to detect the megaconstellations as far out as 520 light-years away. 

However, before they can do these things, SpaceX's satellites still need to be fully ramped, which the researchers believe is taking a very long time.  

What does it look like?

As of the moment, the researchers still haven't released the official photograph of Earth's techno-signature since SpaceX hasn't achieved its total number of internet satellites orbiting outside Earth.

However, SpaceX released an unofficial analysis of what could be the appearance of the fully formed Starlink internet satellites' constellation. Based on the image, the techno-signature looks like radio waves of net covering the entire Earth.

If you want to see the actual image, all you need to do is click here.  

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