The Olympics may be all about athletic prowess, but its opening ceremonies have always been about showmanship.
A startup called Star-ALE is bidding for the right to create a meteor shower over the Japanese capital city of Tokyo, which will serve as the highlight of the 2020 Olympics opening ceremony.
Apparently, the company has tested this concept on Earth, placing pellets into a vacuum and hitting them with gas moving at supersonic speeds, creating an artificial environment similar to that of re-entering Earth s atmosphere.
Theoretically, when these pellets are launched from outer space, they ll ignite when they re about 35 to 50 miles above our heads, and will be visible to around 30,000,000 people in Tokyo and its nearby areas.
It is artificial but I want to make really beautiful meteors that can impress viewers, Lena Okajima, CEO and founder of ALE, said to AFP.
But hey, for an event that only happens once every four years, maybe creating a meteor shower of your own is worth the cost.