Hailed as ‘Space Graffiti’ by some critics, the man-made Humanity Star has been described as having a similar effect to a spinning ‘disco ball’ by its makers. The Humanity Star is a geodesic sphere forged from 65 highly reflective carbon fibre panels. The project was created by Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck. Their space launch company were the first to successfully launch a 3-D printed rocket into space. Launched from Rocket Lab’s base in New Zealand, the Silicon Valley funded company hope to make launching satellites into space a relatively affordable option for commercial markets.
The Humanity Star is the brightest object in the sky and orbits the earth every ninety minutes. It’s easily seen from anywhere it the world with the naked-eye, as it reflects sunlight back down to earth. Astronomers and critics have vocalised their disdain for the project stating it serves no vital purpose other then producing more light pollution in the skies above.
‘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’. Peter Beck
Dubbed ‘Space Graffiti’ we’re guessing because they suggest the Humanity Star is unwanted by their community. Although creator Peter Beck hasn’t mentioned the word ‘art’ or indeed ’Space Graffiti’, it certainly has the undertones of an art project.
‘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’. Peter Beck
You can track the Humanity Star by visiting their website as it orbits the earth for nine months before the battery operated torch loses all power and incinerates on re-entry to earth.
‘Wait for when the Humanity Star is overhead and take your loved ones outside to look up and reflect. You may just feel a connection to the more than seven billion other people on this planet we share this ride with’. Peter Beck