A spectacular meteor shower the likes the world has never seen is forecast for the skies over the Setouchi area of Hiroshima Prefecture in the early summer of 2019.
In a world first experiment, Tokyo-based Ale Co. plans to create artificial shooting stars through new technology by shooting pellets measuring 1 centimeter from a satellite.
Since the speed of the balls will be slower than meteoroids entering the atmosphere, they will be visible from the Earth longer. They may be seen streaking across the sky for five seconds or so in a light-polluted night sky and for more than 10 seconds in a dark sky from the ground in a 100-kilometer radius of the targeted point, according to the company.
The particles emit the most light at an altitude of around 60 km, and burn out completely in the Earth's atmosphere before reaching the ground.
The venture will send aloft a satellite carrying 300 to 400 pellets sometime between the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019.