Japanese Startup to Deliver Shooting Stars on Demand

By: | August 6th, 2018

For a very long time, people have believed that wishing on shooting stars makes the wish come true.

But, of course, a “falling star” or a “shooting star” has nothing to do with stars. A shooting star is a piece of rock or metal that burns very brightly when it enters the Earth’s atmosphere from space.

Many people have never actually gotten a chance to see a shooting star

But a Japanese startup is hoping to change this by delivering shooting stars on demand.

Tokyo-based space entertainment startup Astro Live Experiences (ALE) has created Sky Canvas, the world’s first artificial shooting star project. The company promises to bring fake shooting stars to the masses as early as 2020.

How do they plan to light up the sky?

First, ALE plans to launch its microsatellite containing a payload of artificial “meteors.” These meteors are small metallic balls made up of a chemical composition that is a company secret. Once the satellite has settled into a stable orbit, these balls can be released. The company’s meteors will glow orange, blue, or green as they burn up upon atmospheric re-entry.

The metallic balls are expected to glow for several seconds before they are completely burned up.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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