Jan. 20, 2019– Mary Greeley News – Japan‘s space agency has launched a rocket carrying a satellite capable of delivering an artificial meteor shower into the Earth’s atmosphere.
The Epsilon-4 rocket lifted off from the JAXA Uchinoura Space Center, carrying the first of two micro-satellites built by Tokyo-based startup Astro Live Experiences (ALE).
The aim is to release tiny balls from the micro-satellites in the hope of mimicking shooting stars in the night sky above Hiroshima in 2020.
ALE’s website promises “a whole new level of entertainment” through its Sky Canvas project, with future celestial light shows if the Hiroshima display proves successful.
“Sky Canvas, the world’s first artificial shooting star project, aims to bring people from all over the world together to witness an unprecedented, collective experience,” the site states.
“Using space as our stage, we will constantly strive to bring to life new levels of entertainment. We will use our technical expertise and know-how to contribute to the development of science.”