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The opening ceremony at the 2020 Olympics may feature a man-made meteor shower

By Shawn Knight
May 20, 2016
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  1. Hosting the Olympic Games is a rare honor that’s bestowed upon the luckiest of nations. Athletes from around the globe travel to compete in the games every two years and with the entire world watching, it’s no surprise that host nations pull out all the stops in terms of showmanship.

    Tokyo will serve as the host nation for the 2020 Olympic Games and they certainly want to impress. According to reports, a company by the name of Star-ALE is bidding for the right to create a man-made meteor shower that would rain down over the capital of Japan during the opening ceremony.

    If you want to leave the rest of the world in awe, a man-made meteor shower would certainly do just that.

    The plan would be to send up a series of microsatellites into orbit loaded with 500 to 1,000 specially-developed pellets. The pellets, each of which reportedly costs about $8,000 to manufacture, would be made from various metals and elements. As they re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere, they ignite at an altitude of around 35 to 50 miles up and display various colors in the process.

    The meteor shower would be visible from at least 120 miles away, allowing as many as 30 million locals to witness the spectacle in addition to the millions watching around the world at home. The only question is, would that kind of money be worth it? We’ll find out in a few years.

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  2. JayT1803

    JayT1803 TS Enthusiast Posts: 28   +23

    Hope the sky is clear for that day!
     
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  3. bugejakurt

    bugejakurt TS Booster Posts: 157   +15

    Waste of money.. and what would be the impact on the environment?..
     
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  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,555   +2,897

    With all the space debris it wouldn't be hard to find something to throw back at us.
     
  5. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,256   +222

    The end of the world.

    Waste of money, sure of course. But not all of us want to live robotic, left brained lives. God, how awful would the world be without these creative ways to 1) Bring people together 2) Expand the cabilities of entertainment.
     
  6. bob333

    bob333 TS Enthusiast Posts: 49   +11

    Nothing. You don't have to worry about this. Go back to your simple life.
     
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  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,695   +1,882

    If anybody even remotely cares, "Natrium", is more commonly known as "Sodium".

    Plus I think "Barium" is also used in enemas....:oops:
     
  8. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 817   +231

    I find it odd they used Natrium for Sodium but used Potassium instead of Kalium, I mean why pick the German favored name for one and the English favored name for the other?
     
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,695   +1,882

    Right. Well, "Natrium" makes sense in that it tracks the element's symbol, "Na". In that convention, "potassium" makes no sense either...:confused:
     
  10. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 336   +132

    All elements list in this article are relatively harmless in the amounts they will be used, after they are literally broken down into lighter elements by re-entry. All of it is pretty much the same stuff that natural shooting stars are already made of, they're just deciding 'where and when' in advanced.
     
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