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Last week, rocket startup Rocket Lab launched a 91cm-wide mirror ball into orbit. Called "Humanity Star", it's supposed to remind us that we're all puny specks of dust living in the terrifying vastness of the Universe. Some astronomers have spoken out about the stunt, claiming the sparkly object will interfere with their work -- one even compared the abusiveness of the act to sticking "a big flashing strobe-light on a polar bear". That's an overstatement, but the bigger problem is the precedent this otherwise useless satellite creates.