World's first artificial meteor shower to light up sky in 2020
A Japanese company plans to stage the world's first artificial meteor shower after a rocket carrying its technology was launched into space.
Astro Live Experiences, a Tokyo-based start-up that describes itself as a "space entertainment company", has developed a microsatellite which can create "shooting stars on demand".
The satellite was carried by an Epsilon-4 rocket launched into space yesterday morning from the Uchinoura Space Centre in southern Kagoshima prefecture by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
After orbiting the Earth over the coming year and descending to an altitude of 400 kilometres, the satellite - which weighs 68kg and measures just 60cm by 80cm - will debut its technology with the first artificial meteor shower scheduled to light up the skies above Hiroshima in 2020.
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