Man-made meteor shower proposed for 2020 Olympics

May 20, 2016 by  
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Olympic opening ceremonies are known for spectacle. Yet few countries, if any, have entertained the masses from space . Japanese ALE Company hopes to make history for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo by creating SkyCanvas, a ” man-made meteor shower .” So is this idea wildly cool or wildly crazy? SkyCanvas works via satellites , which are filled with pellets made of different elements such as lithium, copper, or calcium to create different colors as they burn upon re-entry into the atmosphere. ALE says their artificial falling stars last longer than the shooting stars we experience in nature, and they burn brightly at ” an apparent magnitude of -1 ,” according to the company’s lab tests. For comparison, the apparent magnitude of the brightest star in the sky, Sirius, is -1.46 . Related: Samsung wants to blanket the entire planet with Internet using 4,600 satellites The magnanimous display of artificial shooting stars won’t be restricted to those present in the Olympic stadium. They could be seen for 120 miles over Japan, which means some 30,000,000 people could potentially experience the meteor shower. Entertainment on such a vast scale is costly. According to Gizmodo, each pellet in the satellites, which can hold 500 to 1,000 pellets, would cost over $8,000. That doesn’t take into account launching or building the satellites. ALE reports that they aim to launch their first satellite in 2017 , and the following year would provide their service for anyone who wants – and can pay for – such a grand display. From then on, they’d launch a satellite each year . What will happen to all these satellites? ALE is clear they don’t want to litter space, so the satellites themselves would re-enter the atmosphere after around 25 years, becoming ” a very large shooting star .” In addition to manufacturing meteor showers, the company aspires to advance physics , collect data, and even explore the origins of life . Via Gizmodo Images via screenshot

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NASA releases video of mysterious fireball spotted over Georgia

December 28, 2015 by  
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A week before Christmas, residents of Georgia reported spotting a mysterious bright fireball in the sky one evening. NASA  reported the object has been identified as a meteor that entered Earth’s atmosphere. The agency says all six of its ‘all sky’ meteor cameras in the Southeast region picked up the flaming rock as it traveled around 29,000 miles per hour after crossing into the atmosphere at a steep angle. Aside from the spectacle, the meteor disintegrated before it hit the Earth, so the only trace it left behind was NASA’s photographic evidence. Read the rest of NASA releases video of mysterious fireball spotted over Georgia

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The 10 most inspiring Inhabitat stories of 2015

December 28, 2015 by  
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Let’s face it, environmental news can be downright depressing sometimes – which is why we strive to balance our coverage with stories that leave you feeling inspired. This year, we had many of those. From Jon Stewart starting an animal sanctuary after a long and successful career as host of The Daily Show , to the California family that produces a whopping 6,000 pounds of food on just one tenth of an acre of land, these are the kinds of stories we believe help to catalyze change and action. Which of these 10 stories most inspired you? Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll.

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