Jan. 25, 2018
A geodesic sphere made from 65 panels of carbon fiber called the Humanity Sphere will be visible from Denver soon. The brainchild of Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck, the Humanity Star was launched into orbit from New Zealand on Sunday, January 21st and will orbit the Earth for approximately nine months before its orbit starts to decay and it is pulled back into the Earth’s gravity.
"The Humanity Star sphere spins rapidly, reflecting the sun's light back to Earth. Essentially it creates a similar effect as a disco ball, creating the appearance of a bright flashing shooting star," Rocket Lab says.
"The concept of the Humanity Star was in part inspired by the Iridium flare phenomenon. Widely considered to be the brightest man-made object in the night sky, Iridium flares are caused by a flat metallic plane on Iridium satellites briefly reflecting the sun.
The company claims it will be “the brightest object in the night sky,” visible from earth as a kind of shooting star as it orbits every 90 minutes. However, using the tracking feature of their website says it will be visible from Denver Colorado in 34 days - which would be February 28th, 2018 (lasting about 3 minutes and 30 seconds).
So Denverites, look up in the sky for a giant blinking disco ball around then.