A Fake Meteor Shower Could Be Coming to a Sky Near You

Pablo Tucker
January 20, 2019

One of them, specifically, will perform a demonstration of a man-made meteor shower for research purposes.

Meteor Showers can be a lovely thing to witness, but in order to see one, you have to get your timing just right.

Tiny balls that glow brightly as they speed through the atmosphere, simulating a meteor shower, will be released by the satellite.

A Fake Meteor Shower Could Be Coming to a Sky Near You

The Epsilon rocket carrying that satellite was launched into space this Friday.

ALE founder and CEO Lena Okajima, 39, and some 20 employees of the space venture took part in a tour to observe the launch along with more than 700 other people at a site about 3 kilometers from the space center.

This is not the only satellite that was carried by the rocket.

Following Friday morning's launch, the 150-pound ALE-1 satellite separated from the rocket around 310 miles above earth and will gradually descend to an altitude of 248 miles over the coming year.

With demand growing globally for small satellites, JAXA hopes its Epsilon rockets that are specially created to carry such satellites at a lower cost will attract orders from other companies like ALE.

Each 65-kilogram (143.3-lb) satellite will orbit at an altitude of about 400 kilometers (248.6 miles) and is created to fire small metallic pellets (of undisclosed material) of roughly 1cm in diameter.

The satellite is a test case for a "shooting stars on demand" service, the report said. "I feel like now the hard work is ahead". The first celestial show is scheduled to be performed over Hiroshima in early 2020. Of course, the Japanese firm target the profits, not any scientific achievements, so, if successful, anyone wealthy enough would be able to order an artificial shooting stars event.

The satellites have been developed by private sector companies and universities.

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