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Artificial meteor showers could soon be a reality: Report

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

Source: Indian Express

 Context: According to a report, Tokyo-based ALE is set to launch the satellite in 2025 and it hopes to give people all over the world “the opportunity to view the world’s first live human-made meteor shower.”

About meteor showers:

  • A natural meteor shower happens when our planet passes through the trail of debris left by a comet or an asteroid.
  • Meteors are chunks of rocks and ice that are ejected from comets as they orbit the Sun.
  • Around 30 meteor showers that are visible to observers on Earth occur every year and some of them have been observed for centuries.