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A Japanese firm creates on-demand meteor showers

Science & Environment

A Japanese startup is betting that tiny satellite-driven meteor showers offer high-end entertainment


On January 17, Japanese space startup, Astro Live Experiences (ALE), launched its first microsatellite, designed to create artificial meteors. Each microsatellite will launch 400 tiny particle balls, each about a centimetre in size. These will ignite as they enter the atmosphere like hundreds of shooting stars. They are expected to burn more slowly than nature’s own meteor shows, providing a customised light show for ALE’s clients. The first meteor show is scheduled to light up over Hiroshima in the spring of 2020.




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