By James Pero For Dailymail.com
Published: 17:20 GMT, 20 November 2019 | Updated: 19:39 GMT, 20 November 2019
SpaceX's early-stage plan to fill the skies with thousands of mini internet satellites is already wreaking havoc on astronomical research.
According to astronomers at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, nearly 20 satellites operated as part of SpaceX's Starlink program recently streamed across the sky, disrupting the experts' exposure and obscuring the final images.
'Wow!! I am in shock!! The huge amount of Starlink satellites crossed our skies tonight a [Cerro Tololo],' tweeted one of the observatory's astronomers, Clarae Martínez-Vázquez.
'Our DECam exposure was heavily affected by 19 of them! The train of Starlink satellites lasted for over 5 minutes!! Rather depressing… This is not cool!'
An image from one astronomer, Cliff Johnson, shows how SpaceX's satellites streaked across the night sky and obscured their view of distant galaxies
Researchers were in the middle of studying Megallanic Clouds as part of ongoing research into dwarf galaxies