A Japanese company called Astro Live Experiences is reportedly planning to fire on-demand fake meteor showers to replace the old-fashioned fireworks. The idea is for the shooting stars to light up the sky each time the client wants to organize an event or plan a party. The location as well as the timing of the meteor shower would also be scheduled. However, as interesting and fancy as this idea might sound, there are certain people that are worried. They think that the debris left behind by these meteor showers might affect certain satellites in the same orbit, which usually belong to intelligence agencies.
The company is reportedly planning to have its first shooting star show in the summer of 2019. If the result is positive, anyone who wishes for a special kind of surprise, from the mayor of a city to a wealthy businessman, will be able to request a fake meteor shower that will last a few seconds. The process behind this initiative is also interesting. A spacecraft would have to eject 15 to 20 metallic pebbles at the precise moment. The material they are made of is the same as the one that is found at the bottom of space capsules. It doesn’t burn but it chars when it reenters the atmosphere.
On-demand meteor showers
This company is actually the result of University of Tokyo astronomer Lena Okajima’s imagination. The initial idea was to have a fake meteor shower as a special opening for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. However, researchers found a way to turn this one-time event into something that can be on-demand. Also, which can happen anywhere in the world.
The company now plans to send two microsatellites below the altitude of 220 miles in December. The final purpose is to create a constellation of six such satellites. Those will ultimately be able to offer light shows anywhere on the planet.
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