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Fireworks of the future? Japan to create fake shooting stars

Ephemeral and poetic, shooting stars are among the world’s most beautiful natural wonders.

But come 2018, these fleeting fireballs will no longer be left to chance.

Japanese space start-up ALE is developing the technology to deliver on-demand man-made meteors, which could turn the night sky into a blank canvas.

“Imagine a future, where you can use our meteors for international fireworks displays, a proposal for marriage, or a special memorial,” says Shinsuke Abe, ALE’s research director and Nihon University aerospace engineering professor.

Read the full story on CNN.