World’s First Artificial Meteor Shower To Brighten Japan

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A Japanese space entertainment startup is preparing to start the world’s first artificial meteor shower in 2019. The company’s plan is to make fake meteors in the skies of Setouchi region of the Hiroshima Prefecture. 

How will these artificial shooting stars work?

Despite their magical reputation, shooting stars are just pieces of space debris from millimetres to a few centimetres thick that fly into Earth’s atmosphere and brightly burn up into nothing.

ALE has simply recreated that phenomenon by firing their own specially made pellets through the atmosphere in such a way that they burn up in a designated section of sky for the trial run


  • The entertainment company will use a purpose-built satellite to showcases the display of shooting stars.
  • ALE claims it can produce shooting starts anywhere, anytime. By releasing pellets from satellite they can the meteor can burst into flames in any color they enter the Earth’s atmosphere.
  • These pellets can last longer and burn brighter from between five and ten seconds each. It will visible for 100 kilometres in every direction.
  • According to the company’s claims, each shooting star will be as bright as Sirius, the brightest star in the Earth’s night sky.
  • ALE can make the shooting stars much brighter and last longer than the natural phenomenon as they are artificial. Also, customers can opt to change the color of the meteor shower.
  • ALE is getting support from educational facilities such as Tohoku University and Tokyo Metropolitan University, and financial care from corporates like FamilyMart and JAL. 

Shooting stars

  • A “falling star” or a “shooting star” has nothing at all to do with a star.
  • The short-lived trail of light the burning meteoroid produces is called a meteor. Meteors are commonly called falling stars or shooting stars. If any part of the meteoroid survives burning up and actually hits the Earth, that remaining bit is then called a meteorite.
  • At certain times of year, you are likely to see a great number of meteors in the night sky. These events are called meteor showers and they occur when the Earth passes through the trail of debris left by a comet as it orbits the Sun.
  • These showers are given names based on the constellation present in the sky from which they appear to originate.
  • They just seem to come from that part of the sky because of the way the Earth encounters the particles moving in the path of the comet’s orbit.



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