For years, the Olympic opening ceremonies have been spectacles on a grand scale and for some it’s never too early to start planning. One startup company has a proposal for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo that is literally out of this world: launch fireworks from orbiting satellites to create a man-made meteor shower.
This might sound a bit extreme for a sporting event, but it is serious business for Star-ALE. The Japanese company is proposing a plan for the 2020 opening ceremonies that sounds more like a scheme for a James Bond flick rather than the Olympics. As Gizmodo’s Andrew Liszewski reports, Star-ALE is proposing to launch a small fleet of tiny satellites that will rain thousands of miniature flares down on the skies over Japan at the start of the Summer Games.
Making the sky a screen is this project’s biggest attraction as entertainment. It’s a space display,” Star-ALE’s founder, astronomer Lena Okajima, tells the Agence France-Presse (AFP).
The general premise behind Star-ALE’s “Sky Canvas” is fairly simple once you get past the whole on-demand meteor shower thing. When the microsatellites are in the right position, technicians in the ground can trigger them to launch tiny pellets. These pellets would work much like traditional fireworks—they would come in all sorts of colors, could be released in specific patterns, and create choreographed and mesmerizing displays. However, instead of launching into the sky via explosives, the pellets would ignite upon entering the Earth’s atmosphere, Katherine Derla reports for TechTimes.
According to information on Star-ALE’s website, “The particles will travel about one-thirds of the way around the Earth and enter the atmosphere. It will then begin plasma emission and become a shooting star.”
The artificial meteor shower that Star-ALE is proposing to create for the start of the 2020 Olympic Games would be a whole new scale for experiencing fireworks. While the opening ceremonies for the Beijing Games in 2008 in drew a record number of people, with tens of thousands of audience members crowding the seats at the stadium, this display would be seen for a 62-square-mile area around the Tokyo stadium, lighting up the night skies across Japan, Marta Cooper reports for Quartz.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, on-demand meteor showers won’t come cheap. The pellets that Star-ALE has developed for its space-borne fireworks cost about $8,100 each, making the company’s proposed 1,000-firework-strong Olympic display cost about $8.1 million—and that’s not even counting how much it would cost to launch the satellites into orbit to begin with, Derla reports. (Taken from Smithsonian.com)
It’s truly amazing technology has come so far to make light in so many different ways, colors and uses!! But there is one special light that only God can deal with! God says, in the book of John in the Bible- Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. God also says in I John, But if we walk in the light, as he (God) is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. We need to come to Christ for forgiveness of sins to be in eternal light. And when we walk righteously before Him, by His grace, we can encourage and strengthen one another as we all walk in light together. If we don’t come to Christ, we are in darkness –“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” Eventually those that reject Christ will be in eternal darkness–(in Revelation)-And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
May you come to know the Giver of Light, the Light Himself, Jesus Christ. And you will come out from the darkness into the light.