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Satellite to offer 'shooting stars on demand'


Posted on Friday, 18 January, 2019 | Comment icon 11 comments

The first demonstration is planned for 2020. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Joshua Tree National Park
A Japanese startup has launched a satellite in a bid to create the first ever artificial meteor shower.
Launched from the Uchinoura Space Center by the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Friday, the satellite is part of efforts to create what has been dubbed "shooting stars on demand".

To achieve this, it will release small spheres that will glow as they fall through the atmosphere.

Each 'meteor shower' will use up around 20 spheres, with the first show due to occur over the Japanese city of Hiroshima in 2020. The satellite is carrying enough spheres for 20-30 shows.

A second launch is also expected sometime later this year.

According to the company, each of the spheres will glow for several seconds before burning up.

If everything goes according to plan, they should be visible to millions of people.

Source: Phys.org | Comments (11)

Tags: Meteor Shower, Japan

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Comment icon #2 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 18 January, 2019, 16:27
No need to move to Japan. The beauty of a satellite in low Earth orbit is that is goes around the world in around 90 minutes. Place the satellite in a high enough inclination orbit and it will fly over the whole of the planet. This is an experiment for a proposed commercial service, if you are rich enough you will be able to buy an artificial meteor shower, There is no need to go to Japan, the Japanese will send it to you.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Not A Rockstar on 18 January, 2019, 16:34
yay, soon we will have the night sky being spammed with ads for Verizon † †
Comment icon #4 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 18 January, 2019, 17:13
Ain't that the truth. This artificial meteor idea isn't too bad in the great scheme of things, but there is a Russia company that wants to place billboards in orbit. That would be, in my opinion, an act of global vandalism akin to placing advertising hoardings on the pyramids or the Taj Mahal. It would also be highly damaging to Earth based astronomy. Here is an article on this idea: https://www.newsweek.com/space-billboard-russian-start-startrocket-orbital-display-advertising-1295422
Comment icon #5 Posted by skrubby on 18 January, 2019, 18:21
Crap this is how humanity shall truly end we will all gain the cancer that kills humanity verizoncer
Comment icon #6 Posted by and then on 18 January, 2019, 18:22
Imagine being able to have a custom made meteor shower for your kid's birthday party.† I normally don't like the ideas for illuminating the night sky beyond what nature provides but this one seems harmless and might be fun.† The corporate desire to actually put banner ads in orbit, I am dead against and always will be.† That view of the stars, with the exception of light pollution, is one of the things that tie us to every human ever born.† Seeing an ad for beer or cars up there would sicken me.
Comment icon #7 Posted by AllPossible on 18 January, 2019, 20:01
I agree. Too much corporate greed already ruining the planet daily
Comment icon #8 Posted by look behind you on 22 January, 2019, 9:41
This is absolutely ridiculous. What are we doing but destroying the true nature of our world. The idea of a shooting star was to be lucky, see it, and make a wish. And then afterwards tell everyone! But now this and the possible constellation ads? This is absurd and we need to enjoy our mysterious universe not create our own.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 22 January, 2019, 10:19
What is absurd about it? What harm is it going to cause? Artificial shooting stars are nothing new, they are produced every time a piece of space junk re-enters the atmosphere.† It seems that your argument boils down to one, simple, logical fallacy,† "appeal to nature"... it's not natural so, therefore, it must be bad. We'll I'very got news for you, global communication via the Internet isn't natural but you seem to have embraced that.
Comment icon #10 Posted by look behind you on 22 January, 2019, 16:53
Lol thatís such a dumb argument. Itís not the fact that artificial stars re-enter our atmosphere through space junk itís that to me itís mesningless. I mean whatís the point? To your point of billboard satellite constellations its the same idea. You want to disrupt astronomy? So when we have a meteor shower etc we should be confused by Japanís fake sphere shooting stars? Itís just pointless. Global communication through the net however is NOT POINTLESS.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 26 January, 2019, 12:08
You protest a lot, but your post makes it quite clear that you haven't got the vaguest clue what it is you are actually protesting about. You make the totally false claim that this will disrupt astronomy in the same way that the billboard will. It won't. The billboard will circle the Earth every 90 minutes. When it is in the dawn or dusk sky it will be particularly bright and intrusive. This is not the case with the artificial meteors. They will each last just a few seconds, the entire display will be over in a matter of minutes. Further, it will be visible only from a localised area, not glob... [More]


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