The object – named the Humanity Star – aims to encourage us to think about the bigger picture of humanity as we star up at it.
Peter Beck, of Rocket Lab, the company responsible for the project, explains: “Orbiting the Earth every 90 minutes and visible from anywhere on the globe, the Humanity Star is designed to be a bright symbol and reminder to all on Earth about our fragile place in the universe.
“No matter where you are in the world, rich or in poverty, in conflict or at peace, everyone will be able to see the bright, blinking Humanity Star orbiting Earth in the night sky. My hope is that everyone looking up at the Humanity Star will look past it to the expanse of the universe, feel a connection to our place in it and think a little differently about their lives, actions and what is important.”
The Humanity Star should be visible from anywhere on the planet at dawn and dusk. You can also track exactly where it is from its website.
The star is a geodesic sphere made from carbon fibre with highly reflective panels. It is expected to last about nine months before it starts to fall apart.
It sounds like a lovely idea and I know I will be looking out for it over the coming months. I dread to think how much this project must have cost though….