The former WWE wrestler and international movie star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is definitely one of the leading figures in pop culture today. Leaving Hawaii right after school, Johnson became a top-recruited football player at the University of Miami. At the age of 23, he entered the wrestling ring and forever conquered the hearts of fans.
The Rock Is Executive-producer and Co-star On NBC’s New Sitcom Young Rock
The new show focuses on the Rock’s journey from a former wrestler with humble beginnings to a popular persona running for the US presidency. Dwayne’s parents, Ata and Rocky, both play central parts in the show. In real life, they are both from wrestling families. Ata Johnson is the daughter of Peter Maivia – a WWE pro wrestler from the ’70s, and Lia Maivia – one of the first female wrestling promoters. Eventually, Peter ended up training Rocky Johnson – Ata’s husband and father of the Rock.
Rocky Johnson wrestled with the NWAlliance in the ’60s and joined the WWE later in his career. According to the Rock, growing up was tough for his family. His parents only relied on wrestling for income and were living on just $120 a week. Rocky retired in 1991, and the Rock himself joined the ring a few years after that. Rocky and Ata eventually divorced in 2003, almost ten years into their son’s career.
Rocky Johnson Passed Away in January 2020
The Rock’s father passed away last year in the aftermath of a heart attack. Back then, the Rock posted a video with the eulogy that he’d given during the funeral. He said in the post that his father’s trail blazed hard, and he changed people’s harsh behaviors toward men of color. He also added that his father paved the way for him, his family, and generations to come. During the emotional eulogy, the Rock mentioned how he wished he had one more chance to say goodbye. The actor and pro-wrestler stood in front of friends, family, and pro-wrestlers and talked about Rocky’s legacy as a wrestler and a father.
Astronomers Want to Save the Night Sky From Satellite Light Pollution
It looks like the unprecedented amount of new satellites being launched every year causes light pollution that can threaten the night sky view as we know it, especially for professional astronomers. To study and mitigate the damage to astronomy and beyond caused by satellite light pollution, industry representatives and scientists met for SATCON2 in July 2021. Now, astronomers have released their official reports, and their conclusions show a number of alarming issues.
The Satellite Megaconstellations Era Is Just at Its Infancy
The main problem with satellite megaconstellations and the increasing number of satellites in Earth’s orbit is the light pollution they cause and the way this affects amateur and professional night sky observations. The issue became more prevalent when in 2019, a large number of bright, low-flying satellite swarms called megaconstellations started to go up. Today, their numbers account for almost half of all active satellites, with estimates showing that there could be over 100,000 orbiting Earth by the end of this decade.
Satellite Megaconstellations Can Have a Very Negative Effect on Professional Astronomy
Because the satellite megaconstellations comprise massive, large, bright, and reflective satellites, this transforms the night sky fundamentally. The impacts will largely be felt by people who use the night sky as a resource, like professional astronomers. It has already been quite a nuisance for some professional and amateur astrophotographers and astronomers, and it can also affect many other groups of people, including policymakers, satellite operators, environmentalists, geoengineers, and even stargazers. The issue could even affect people with a cultural heritage linked to the night sky. Failed satellites also pose a series of dangers, and currently, there is no way to remove them from orbit en masse.
Although some steps have been made to mitigate the risk, the report states that significant regulation and assistance are needed by the community, or the sky view as it is now could be lost forever. It seems there’s also good news in that acting now can greatly minimize the impacts of the next generation of satellite swarms. According to the scientists, with some measures, the night sky and the environment around the Earth could be preserved for generations to come.