A giant disco ball has been launched into space

January 29, 2018

Sometimes it seems like there's almost nothing humanity can collectively rally around. But with the Humanity Star, an American rocket company is turning the night sky into one giant disco party—and everyone's welcome. 

Launched on January 22nd by Rocket Lab, the Humanity Star is a geodesic sphere made from carbon fibre with 65 highly reflective panels. Spinning rapidly while orbiting Earth once every 90 minutes, the space-age disco ball reflects the sun's rays back to its home planet, creating a strobe-like flash that can be seen with the naked eye. 

Currently the Humanity Star is orbiting over the South Pacific, near New Zealand. You can track its movements via the Humanity Star website, which states it will be visible in the night sky from anywhere on Earth at dawn or dusk as it passes overhead.


Screenshot via thehumanitystar.com

So, why spend time and money launching an oversized club ornement to space?

According to Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck, the Humanity Star is a "bright symbol and reminder to all on Earth about our fragile place in the universe."

"Humanity is finite, and we won't be here forever. Yet in the face of this almost inconceivable insignificance, humanity is capable of great and kind things when we recognize we are one species, responsible for the care of each other, and our planet, together. The Humanity Star is to remind us of this."

 

 

Source: Pulse Radio

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