Meteors to Order

Early next year, Ale Co. will launch a microsatellite into orbit—approximately 310 miles above Earth—to bring shooting stars closer to home.
Meteor showers may one day be made to order, making real ones like this one near a windmill farm near Bogdanci, south of Skopje a bit less of a rarity in the night sky.
04_14_FakeMeteors_01 Source: Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters

On November 18, 2001, astronomy student Lena Okajima was braving frigid temperatures in the mountains close to Tokyo. It was her first time witnessing the annual Leonid meteor shower, and what she saw that night—thousands of shooting stars streaking across the clear winter sky—captivated her, charting her path for the next decade.

In 2011, she

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