If you are a fan of shooting stars and rich, you will soon be able to enjoy the arcs of blue, green and orange, any time and at any place on Earth. You can soon buy your own custom meteor shower that will emulate actual shooting starts. Yes, you read it right. Here is a service for the ultra-rich which will come into force very soon. One of the popular Japanese company, Astro Live Experiences (ALE) is creating a fake meteor shower that is expected to shine over the skies in 2019. The plan was announced last year, and it was likely to grace the blues of Hiroshima, Japan. But now ALE is saying they will offer their artificial meteor shower services for anybody sitting any corner of the planet to enjoy such sight.
The idea has turned some heads among those who wanted their own fake meteor showers. If things go right according to the plan, the night sky over Hiroshima will fill with graceful meteor fall in the summer of 2019. The man made fireworks from the space will be activated by satellite 220 miles above the Earth. Astronomer Lena Okajima from the University of Tokyo is the main brain behind this idea. Josh Rodenbaugh, a member of ALE’s satellite operations team told BuzzFeed News, “We want to provide meteor showers on demand.”
The report suggest that this idea was conceived as a way to light up the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But now it has bloomed into a private enterprise and the company plans to provide this service to anyone willing to pay for it. However, satellite experts are questioning on the safety of this initiative. Astronomer Patrick Seitzer from the University of Michigan was quoted on BuzzFeed News saying, “I salute them for cleverness and for their technical expertise, but from an orbital debris standpoint, it’s not a great idea. I am concerned space will be getting crowded in low-earth orbit in the next 10 years.”
The report further clarified, that the fake meteors will function at an altitude of nearly 37 miles above the Earth. It is too low for low-Earth-orbit satellites and too high for experimental balloons. ALE’s first launch has been approved by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.