Japan sends 'first artificial meteor shower' into space

Japan sends 'first artificial meteor shower' into space

Once the satellite reaches a lower earth orbit, the device will spit out particles which will offer an eight-second-long stream of an artificial shooting star.

Japan on Friday sent the world's first artificial meteor shower into space, said media reports.

The Epsilon-4 is the next-generation solid fuel rocket, which uses the cutting-edge technologies in order to improve the operation performance and to reduce costs.

The satellite was carried by an Epsilon-4 rocket launched into space yesterday (Friday) morning from the Uchinoura Space Centre in southern Kagoshima prefecture by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

Even though it will be artificial, the light generated should be spectacular and even be bright enough to be visible in areas with heavy light pollution, according to the company.

The rocket carried a total of seven ultra-small satellites.

More news: European Union 'is prepared to delay Brexit until at least July'
More news: Not so fast, Roger. Federer blocked by security
More news: Australian Open: Birthday boy Frances Tiafoe topples Grigor Dimitrov to reach quarters

Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstoration-1 is a suite of seven small satellite missions.

There are 400 tiny balls on the satellite.

Ale Boss Lena Okajima was thrilled by the successful launch into space: "Now the real work starts", she told the Japanese news Agency Jiji Press. Ltd plans to deliver its first out-of-this-world show over Hiroshima in the spring of 2020.

The satellites were developed by private-sector companies and universities.

When its two satellites are in orbit, they can be used separately or in tandem, and will be programmed to eject the balls at the right location, speed and direction to put on a show for viewers on the ground.

According to the JAXA fact sheet, the cubesat will also explore whether this type of artificial meteor shower particle can help researchers learn about conditions in the upper atmosphere.

Related Articles

  • Bogota bomb blast: death toll rises to 21

    Bogota bomb blast: death toll rises to 21

    Rojas had worked as an explosives expert for the group and trained its members in the use of explosives in Venezuela, Botero said. He called on Cuba to capture 10 National Liberation Army (ELN) commanders who are now in Havana for the stalled peace talks.
    Trump calls compromise proposal

    Trump calls compromise proposal "Down payment on border security"

    The situation for furloughed employees isn't getting any brighter and the crisis at the border isn't improved by show votes. He also appeared to offer a concession on the characteristics of his border wall - one of his most iconic political goals.
    Sarri questions Chelsea motivation after Arsenal surrender

    Sarri questions Chelsea motivation after Arsenal surrender

    Not even the introduction of former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud could liven up Chelsea's blunt attack. Chelsea FC have collected 22 points from 10 away games in the Premier League this season.
  • Amanda Anisimova looks upon Maria Sharapova while writing AO history

    Amanda Anisimova looks upon Maria Sharapova while writing AO history

    But Sharapova finally gained the upper hand with a break for a 4-3 lead, clinched with that big forehand she was so excited about. Kerber moved into a fourth-round match against American Danielle Collins , who beat No. 19-seeded Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-2.
    Prince Philip reports

    Prince Philip reports "no injuries of concern" after car crash

    The 97-year-old duke was lifted out of his overturned Land Rover after a "horrendous" crash just before 3pm on Thursday. The spokesman added: 'Contact has been made privately with the passengers in the other auto and well-wishes exchanged'.
    Walmart, CVS Reveal New PBM Pharmacy Network Agreement

    Walmart, CVS Reveal New PBM Pharmacy Network Agreement

    Bearing that in mind, this company is experiencing top-line progress, as its year-over-year quarterly revenue has grown by 2.40%. Total analysts of 6 have positions in CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) as follows: 4 rated it a "Buy", 0 with "Sell" and 2 with "Hold".
  • NASRDA: Nigeria to experience total lunar eclipse Monday

    NASRDA: Nigeria to experience total lunar eclipse Monday

    Spectators can expect the moon to begin to darken slowly before turning red as it becomes completely caught in Earth's shade. No program is being offered in the planetarium itself. "You can enjoy the lunar eclipse with the naked eye", Thanjavur said.
    Keir Starmer: Northern Ireland backstop likely in any Brexit scenario

    Keir Starmer: Northern Ireland backstop likely in any Brexit scenario

    But public barbs between ministers with rival visions of Britain's European future threatened to overshadow her attempt to build a consensus.
    Highlights: Henry Cejudo Knocked TJ Dillashaw Out After Only 32 Seconds!

    Highlights: Henry Cejudo Knocked TJ Dillashaw Out After Only 32 Seconds!

    Henry Cejudo needed just 32 seconds to beat TJ Dillashaw and make the first successful defence of his UFC flyweight title. Following Cejudo's 125-pound title defense, fighters reacted to the stunning 32-second finish on social media.
  • Extreme cold warning in effect for North Bay, northeast

    Extreme cold warning in effect for North Bay, northeast

    An extreme cold warning is in effect for Sudbury, most of Ontario, much of Quebec and all of Manitoba and New Brunswick. Rob Kuhn, a meteorologist with Environment & Climate Change Canada, says any exposed skin could freeze within minutes.
    Australian Open tribute for Andy Murray surprises brother Jamie

    Australian Open tribute for Andy Murray surprises brother Jamie

    Ten years ago, Dayana Yastremska cheered Serena Williams on to an Australian Open victory from the other side of her television. Nike always wants to make an incredibly strong, powerful statement for moms that are trying to get back and get fit", she said.
    OPEC publishes output cut quota for six months to June

    OPEC publishes output cut quota for six months to June

    Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih has assured markets that OPEC and allies will do whatever to rebalance the market. Futures rose as much as 1.7 percent in NY , with gains over the past three weeks totaling about 16 percent.