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A Man-Made Meteor Shower Might Open the 2020 Olympics — Here's How They'll Build It

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 Cinnamon    24,884

The opening ceremony for the 2020 Olympics may feature something we've never seen before.

Japanese company ALE has designed a way to trigger an artificial meteor shower, and now it's bidding to open the next Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The man-made meteor shower will feature 500 to 1,000 "source particles" that will each serve as a mock meteor. The company will launch a satellite into space that's designed to drop the particles once it reaches a certain altitude. Each particle is just a few millimeters across, but once they hit the atmosphere, they'll burn up through a process called plasma emission and put on a spectacular light show. 

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https://mic.com/articles/144179/2020-olympics-man-made-meteor-shower-how-its-made#.G3majM0Re

"Mock meteors".  Why does this have the odor of Project Blue Beam? 

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 Rustydog    116

Maybe a panic control thing?? Any incoming meteors will be seen by many people, and only a small percentage are actually going to be smashed to bits by them. That leaves alot of people seeing these things in the sky wondering what's up. "Oh it's just those guys playing with fake meteors again", back to America's got Talent on the tube.

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 RabidWolf    1,080
9 hours ago, Cinnamon said:

The opening ceremony for the 2020 Olympics may feature something we've never seen before.

Japanese company ALE has designed a way to trigger an artificial meteor shower, and now it's bidding to open the next Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The man-made meteor shower will feature 500 to 1,000 "source particles" that will each serve as a mock meteor. The company will launch a satellite into space that's designed to drop the particles once it reaches a certain altitude. Each particle is just a few millimeters across, but once they hit the atmosphere, they'll burn up through a process called plasma emission and put on a spectacular light show. 

<snip>

https://mic.com/articles/144179/2020-olympics-man-made-meteor-shower-how-its-made#.G3majM0Re

"Mock meteors".  Why does this have the odor of Project Blue Beam? 

We secretly replaced the "source particles" with 1,000 assorted tungsten darts. Good luck Tokyo!  

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