Daan Roosegaarde’s UFO-like light installation tracks pieces of space waste in real time

Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has created a large-scale light performance that follows pieces of junk floating around in outer space, to mark the launch of an initiative to highlight the issue of space waste.

The live installation, the first of which took place on 5 October in the Dutch city of Almere, saw arrows of neon green light projected into the sky to a distance of 125,000 to 136,000 miles.

The creators used real-time data provided by tracking services to point green columns of light directly at pieces of space debris floating around above viewers’ heads in real time.

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