For the very first time a Japanese company will generate Artificial Shooting Star on demand. The start-up, Ale, is gearing up for the first man-made meteor shower that will be held within the Setouchi (Seto Inland Sea) region of Hiroshima Prefecture in 2019. ALE creator and CEO Lena Okajima, who have a PhD in astronomy, declared the Shooting Superstar Challenge, where they’ll create artificial shooting stars. Shooting stars are only leftover dust from a particular comet that flies into Earth’s atmosphere and the company is planning to recreate the same happening by releasing special “pellets.”
The Company says -“We aim to produce artificial shooting stars by projecting particles, made out of special materials, from orbiting micro-satellites. When the particles re-enter the earth’s atmosphere, they burn through a process known as plasma emission, creating the appearance of shooting stars on the ground. The particles burn with a sufficient brightness to be visible by people in an area up to 200km in diameter.
In 2015, the details of the task were first revealed and now, Okajima seeks for the first trial run in 2019. I’m thinking of streams of meteors that are rare in nature,” Okajima told AFP in an interview in 2015. “It is artificial but I wish to make really beautiful ones that can win over visitors,” she added.
By the end of 2018, the company is likely to place a satellite possessing around 300 and 400-meteor pellet into orbit. The program is to put this satellite about 310 kilometres above Australia that will release those pellets towards Japan, so that it is look like filming superstars or meteor shower. Setouchi (Seto Inland Sea) in Hiroshima was chosen as the first place for the artificial shooting stars due to its recognition and clear skies, relating to Japan Today.
Interestingly, the company is getting support from Tohoku University or college and Tokyo Metropolitan College or university and financing from FamilyMart and JAL for the mega job. “These days’ people are usually looking down at their smartphones. I want to make people look up-wards again,” Japan Today quoted Okajima as saying. But this artificial shooting star will not come cheap. The expense of one shooting star should come up to around one million yen (£ and over Rs 500,000), according to reports.
Source- International Business Times