Astrophotographer Kevin Lewis shot this composite image of the Geminid meteors with shots of the Anglesey off the northwest coast of Wales on Dec. 1
Credit: Kevin Lewis
Here are some normal ways to celebrate a big event: cakes, balloons, bunting, maybe a marching band on the parade, if you feel extravagant. This is of course not an exhaustive list. Your options vary greatly depending on the type of event you are living and the culture you come from. But there is a new item that can be added to this list if your culture will "spend more on a night's entertainment than most people earn in their lives." And these are personal, artificial meteor showers.
What, you ask, is a personal, artificial meteor shower? Well, it's a very expensive rain of colorful metallic pebbles from space brought by the Japanese company ALE.
Already in 2016, ALE announced that it would drop pellets from space that would travel about one-third of the way before burning brightly in the atmosphere. Copper pellets would burn green; Bariumblau; and potassium, rubidium and cesium different shades of purple. A single satellite, it was reported at the time, would carry about 1,000 pellets and cost $ 300 million. [The 5 Strangest Meteors]
Later, the company clarified its plans and said it is expected to deliver its first show over Hiroshima, Japan in mid-2019.
Now, according to a BuzzFeed report released on Sunday (March 25), ALE says it will offer its custom meteoric services to anyone who is willing and able to pay for them. Two "Sky Canvas" satellites, Buzzfeed reports, will carry 300 to 400 space items and enough fuel for 27 months in orbit, dropping orders for a fee of "15 to 20" small pellets. ALE did not say what the charge is, but says it will cost less than the annual fireworks of some major cities.
Some experts have already expressed concerns about space debris associated with the strain and frivolous risks in space. But ALE told BuzzFeed that the company would stop the show every time an artificial meteor threatens within another 200 kilometers of another satellite.
In addition, ALE said that it calculates the collision risk in the planned calculation very low orbit (and the highest point in the atmosphere where the pellets burn off) is minimal.
So, any millionaires out there are planning birthday parties over the next few years?
Originally published on Live Science .