Friday, September 30, 2016

Olympics 2020: Japan Plans Man-Made Meteor Shower

Olympics 2020: Japan Plans Man-Made Meteor Shower

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Despite the lingering Olympics 2020 controversies surrounding Japan’s bid, preparations for the event are already underway. One major event spectators will undoubtedly watch out for is the man-made meteor shower that will be done in space.

Japanese startup Star-ALE will be launching microsatellites that will shoot out 500-1000 pieces of ‘source particles.’ These particles or light pellets will ignite once they enter the earth’s atmosphere, thus creating a meteor shower.

The pellets will come crashing onto the earth’s surface, igniting them into lifelike shooting stars that will form the first ever man-made meteor shower.

“Making the sky a screen is this project’s biggest attraction as entertainment. It’s a space display,” Star-ALE founder and CEO Lena Okajima proudly reiterates to Tech Times.

The space pyrotechnic display is called Sky Canvas Project. The spectacular display will be viewed within a distance as extensive as 200 kilometers.

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An estimated 30 million people will be able to see this man-made meteor shower as it unfolds for the very first time in the Olympics 2020.

The Sky Canvas project was first tested in Nihon University, led by aerospace engineering associate professor Shinsuke Abe.

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These particles are not cheap. One pellet costs around $8,100 (AU$11,212). The shooting stars’ colors will range from blue to green and orange, with a host of other colors in between, Quartz reports.

As for the light pollution, the tests conducted in the university have shown that the space fireworks display will be able to burn brighter than Tokyo’s lights.

In the case of a cloudy night sky on the opening night of the Olympics, organizers will have more than an hour to call off the first-ever man-made meteor shower.

The man-made meteor shower is scheduled to be launched during the lighting ceremony of the Olympics 2020.