AR­TI­FI­CIAL ME­TEOR SHOW­ERS

Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - The way of the future -

IT HAS BEEN WIDELY ru­moured that the Ja­panese tech­nol­ogy start-up ALE ( starale.com), an “outer space en­ter­tain­ment com­pany”, will be tasked to help wow the Tokyo 2020 Open­ing Cer­e­mony crowd with its in-de­vel­op­ment Sky Can­vas tech­nol­ogy aimed at creat­ing ar­ti­fi­cial shoot­ing star spec­ta­cles in the night sky. Ba­si­cally, a mi­crosatel­lite will be launched, 80 kilo­me­tres above Earth, that will then travel about one-third of a full or­bit be­fore dis­pens­ing small pel­lets de­signed to burn up brightly in the at­mos­phere to cre­ate a mag­nif­i­cent ce­les­tial show be­low. Ac­cord­ing to the Ja­pan Times ALE, founded by as­tronomer Lena Oka­jima, is work­ing closely with sev­eral Ja­panese uni­ver­si­ties on get­ting the chem­i­cal com­po­si­tion of the pel­lets – which re­mains a closely guarded se­cret – just right.

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