Japanese Company To Create Artificial Meteor Shower For 2020 Olympics

Posted: May 22 2016, 9:37pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


Japanese Company to Create Man-Made Meteor Shower for 2020 Olympics
Credit: Star-ALE

The man-made meteor shower will be ejected from micro satellites orbiting 250-310 miles above the ground

Japanese startup is working on to create artificial meteor shower. The man-made meteor shower will deliver shooting stars on demand and light up skies at specific locations and times. The company is hoping to generate this artificial meteor shower during the 2020 Olympics held in Tokyo.  

So, how does this meteor shower will be different from firework? Company Star-ALE says a micro satellite will be launched into skies that will eject shooting stars when required and put on a breathtaking celestial show and unlike fireworks, this pyrotechnics show will be visible across an area of 125 miles. It will be about 400 times wider than a usual firework display.

“A natural shooting star occurs when a particle in space, with a size of a few millimeters, enters the atmosphere and burns brightly through a process called plasma emission. Our goal is to artificially recreate this process.” Company blog says.

Micro satellites will carry 500 to 1000 “source particles.” When these special particles will be released from the satellites orbiting 250 to 310 miles above the ground, they will ignite and create a visual effect similar to natural meteor shower after being enter the Earth’s atmosphere. 

Known as Sky Canvas, the project is a unique mix of space exploration and entertainment. The formula of special pellets is a closely-guarded secret but these particles will be made from various metals and elements so that they burn with different colors and offer a multi-color flotilla of shooting stars.

“This type of project is new in the sense in that it mixes astronomy and the entertainment business,” said Star-ALE founder and chief executive officer Lena Okajima. “These shooting stars that are born through science function as a high-profile entertainment business, and the resulting funds will serve to further advance fundamental scientific research.”

The project sounds interesting but it won’t come cheap as each shooting star will cost around $8,200 and the more the pellets we have, the more the shooting stars will be visible.

The micro satellite, which will be used for transporting shooting star ingredients, is a 20 inch cube with a limited shelf life. It will be loaded with dozens of tiny balls of a few inches in diameter.

Trials are expected to take place in 2018. If the first demonstration prove successful, there are great chances that we will see actual shooting star display in 2020 Olympics. 

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