The world’s first artificial METEOR SHOWER will take place over Japan in 2025
Better start saving your wishes now, because in 2025 hundreds of shooting stars will be climbing through the sky – after being ejected from a satellite.
These form the world’s first artificial meteor shower from space start-up ALE, which is to take place over Japan.
Shooting stars appear when Earth passes through a cloud of debris left in its orbit by comets and asteroids.
The particles emit light because they heat up quickly as they fly through the atmosphere at high speeds.
For this project, called SKY CANVAS, meteor-replicating particles will be installed in a satellite at an altitude of 250 miles (400 km) and then released over a specified area.
The world’s first artificial meteor shower from space start-up ALE is set to take place over Japan
For this project, called SKY CANVAS, particles will be installed in a satellite at an altitude of 250 miles (400 km) and then released over a specific area. Pictured: ALE-1 satellite
These metallic particles are 0.4 inch (1 cm) diameter spheres with a mass of a few grams.
What are shooting stars?
Shooting stars are the appearance of meteors – small chunks of dust or rock – that pass through the Earth’s atmosphere.
They emit light because they heat up quickly as they fly through the air at high speeds.
There are between six and ten “sporadic” meteors per night year-round, but this increases dramatically during a “meteor shower.”
Showers occur when Earth passes through a large cloud of debris left in orbit by comets and asteroids.
The pea-sized orbs have a secret chemical formula that causes them to glow at speeds of up to 8 km per second through the friction of re-entry.
According to ALE, they travel slower and shine longer than natural shooting stars — up to 10 seconds at a time.
They will be visible to stargazers over a range of 200 km (125 miles).
The ingredients in the pellets can be manipulated to change the color of each bright streak, meaning a multicolored flotilla of shooting stars could be created.
After about two years in orbit, the backpack-sized satellite will re-enter the atmosphere and completely disintegrate, preventing it from becoming space junk.
The light show is not only for the viewing pleasure of stargazers, but also helps to collect data about the third layer of the earth’s atmosphere – the “mesosphere”.
This region is not easy to study as weather balloons and airplanes cannot fly high enough to reach it, but it is too low for satellites to observe.
But scientists will be able to gather information about wind speed and atmospheric composition by tracking the path and light emission of the artificial meteors.
ALE engineers will be able to control the position, speed and timing of the meteor particles to aid in experiments.
The pea-sized orbs have a secret chemical formula that causes them to glow at speeds of up to 8 km per second through the friction of re-entry
The team hopes the data will help inform weather models and ultimately improve our understanding of climate change.
Another goal of the project, first announced in 2015, is to help generate greater interest in space and science in general.
dr Lena Okajima, Founder and CEO of ALE, said: “Our goal is to contribute to the sustainable development of humankind and to bring space closer to all of us by expanding the range of human activities beyond Earth to discover essential things, to collect and apply data from space.
“As a first step, I founded ALE to create the world’s first man-made shooting star to inspire wonder and spark scientific curiosity.
Engineers at ALE will be able to control meteor particle position, speed and timing to aid in experiments (artist’s rendering)
Another goal of the project, first announced in 2015, is to contribute to a greater interest in space and science in general (artist’s impression)
“In the future, we believe that by combining critical climate research with a new form of space entertainment, we can advance our scientific understanding of climate change while inspiring curiosity and interest in space and the universe among people around the world.”
Anyone wishing to support the project financially can do so by purchasing a SKY CANVAS VIP PASS NFT.
This will give you access to online viewings and a chance to win an invitation to view the SKY CANVAS show in person.
These are not currently available and their price has not been announced
Explained: The difference between an asteroid, meteorite and other space rocks
A asteroid is a large boulder left over from collisions or the early solar system. Most are located between Mars and Jupiter in the Main Belt.
A comet is a rock covered with ice, methane and other compounds. Their orbits take them much further out of the solar system.
A meteor is what astronomers call a flash of light in the atmosphere when debris burns up.
This debris itself is referred to as a meteoroid. Most are so small that they evaporate in the atmosphere.
When one of these meteoroids makes it to Earth, it is referred to as an a meteorite.
Meteors, meteoroids and meteorites usually come from asteroids and comets.
For example, when Earth passes the tail of a comet, much of the debris in the atmosphere burns up, forming a meteor shower.
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