If I wanted to share that experience of awe with a child, I would talk about the planets and stars. About man-made objects (and people) in space probing the edges of our knowledge. About time and distance. Not about a large disco ball.
Thanks for posting this. I wonder if I could see it from the city. It's supposed to be visible in 41 days for about 4 minutes. It would be nice if they could have a little bit more accurate timing, though.
Now if only there was an app that let you set a weather dependent alarm so I don't wake up at 3 am to a cloudy sky.
I'm not sure if it tracks the Humanity Star yet, but they've mentioned it on their twitter so I can see it being available soon:
Time of day matters in addition to location, as you'll only be able to see it just after dusk or just before dawn when the sky is dark but the sun is still reflecting off the satellite
"Trump administration plans to cut funding to International Space Station"
Taco Bell, the American fast food chain, announced Monday that it will give every American a free taco if a piece of Mir strikes a 40 x 40 foot floating target off the coast of Australia labeled "Free Taco Here!" The company said that it has taken out an insurance policy to cover the cost of the tacos should a piece hit the target.
If this is supposed to be an ad for Rocket Lab(I suppose it is, after all we already have ISS orbiting over us) they could do a lot better.
 http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?satid=43168 (set your location in the top right corner)
Surprised there's so much complaining about a test payload. Everyone's a critic, so I'll be one too:
"FAQ: How long will it remain in orbit? The Humanity Star will orbit the Earth for approximately nine months before its orbit starts to decay and it is pulled back into the Earth’s gravity."
Let's paint smily faces on the side of Everest next.
I got "You will not be able to see the satellite within the next 2087 hours. Please check again later." for multiple places - San Francisco, Toronto, and St. Louis.
Upon retrying San Francisco:
"The Humanity Star has the highest chance of visibility in in [sic] 39 days. It will last about 3 minutes."
You can track it yourself using the TLE, and a program like gPredict.
1. Be large enough and positioned strategically to cast a shadow or project an image onto the surface of the moon large enough to be seen with the eye (or minimal telescopic aid). The image would be a clear indication to any intelligent beings that another intelligent being had placed it there intentionally and, with enough resolution, communicate wavelength and modulation information for #2.
2. Be a solar-powered radio transceiver sending signals to earth on the specified wavelength which repeatedly communicate information about the monolith and additional frequencies to send codes and receive more data to access deeper, denser information. These additional frequencies and codes would be used to unlock designs for rockets, telemetry, etc. necessary for intelligent and resourceful beings to travel from earth to the monolith location on the moon.
3. On the outside of the monolith would be carved further information on how to access the deepest storage of the monolith and decode the digital information within.
4. The inside of the monolith would contain the densest data storage containing the sum total of human knowledge, as well as cryogenically frozen embryos and genetic information for various species of Earth from our time period (including us, of course) and data on how they could possibly be unfrozen, replicated and/or brought back to life.
Assuming what I've outlined is possible, this project would leverage our best shared satellite (the moon) to create a shared experience (the monolith projection) and also serve as a time capsule that could outlive us should any of the many existential threats posing our species come to pass before we establish ourselves in space. Call it the ultimate hedge.
Given the stability of the moons surface, nothing short of a close impact would disturb this monument to humanity and our shared knowledge. And should our surviving descendants, a future evolved intelligent species, or a visitor from another star come to find Earth, they would also potentially find our legacy, and give us the faintest chance at being restored.
Anyone think I have a chance at raising a few 10s of billion with on kickstarter? Or else got a personal line to Elon?
PS - Yes, 2001 was an inspiration and I have definitely been envisioning the 1:4:9 design when thinking about this.
"You will not be able to see the satellite within the next 2087 hours. Please check again later."
Sydney Australia and Tel Aviv Israel gave me a time to view it - but it's weeks away.
(60 would have been much better https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentakis_dodecahedron :( )