BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A Japanese company is planning and working on making the first ever artificial meteor shower come true sometime in 2019. It is also already planning a round two.
The Artificial Meteor Shower and How it Could Get Made
The startup company, called ALE, short and based on “Astro Life Experiences”, says that they are on track to creating the first ever human-made meteor shower. ALE’s team estimates that it will be all set and ready for the event in about two years time. According to the models, their work will be visible over the Setouchi region of Japan, which includes the city of Hiroshima.
ALE already has hopes for a follow-up performance. If all goes well in 2019, the company wants to include another human-made meteor shower in the opening ceremonies of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Before ALE can create these celestial spectacles, however, it needs to launch its satellites into orbit. The Japanese company was initially hoping to start the process this year, but it has since been delayed to either 2018 or early 2019 instead.
These satellites are each less than two feet across, and contain hundreds of little metal balls about the size of blueberries. During the artificial meteor shower, these balls will be released about 300 miles above the planet’s surface. There they will burn up in the atmosphere.
As this phenomenon is human-made, the displays can be adjusted according to taste. The balls will contain different metals to produce various colors, like fireworks—green from copper, yellow from sodium, purple from potassium, and so on. These have already been tested in Earthly simulations.
The process will be very expensive, however. Each of those tiny “meteors” will cost a whopping $8,000.
As it is, some scientists are concerned about the plan. They are saying that this will only further clutter our planet’s orbit, which is already crowded with satellites that have been dubbed “space debris.” Of particular concern is that this junk poses threats to the International Space Station, according to some.
Earth experiences about a dozen meteor showers a year, usually when it passes through an area containing the leftovers of a passing comet.
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