Published: Thu, October 25, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

City in China Wants To Illuminate Its Streets With a Fake Moon

City in China Wants To Illuminate Its Streets With a Fake Moon

China is reportedly planning to launch a so-called artificial moon over one of their provinces so as to help with urban illumination at night.

In Chengdu, there is talk of launching an artificial moon "designed to complement the moon at night", according to People's Daily The newspaper said that the artificial moon would appear up to eight times brighter in the sky than the real one and bathe the city of Chengdu in a "dusk-like glow".

It is hoped that the artificial moon will replace streetlights in the urban area.

China wants to build an artificial moon "eight times brighter than the real moon" to light up city streets.

The satellite was created to complement the moon, with the objective of helping with nighttime illumination in the area. Operators on the Earth will have very precise control over the artificial moon; they'll be able to adjust the reflected light and direct it to specific locations with pinpoint accuracy.

Wu Chunfeng, head of Tian Fu New Area Science Society, the organisationresponsible for the project, said the first of these man-made moons will launch from Sichuan's Xichang Satellite Launch Centre by 2020, with three more to follow in 2022 if the first test goes well. The project was launched in an effort to reduce the costs of lighting existing cities and allow longer workdays in darker regions. The testing of the light beams will be done in an uninhabited desert so that it does not interfere with any people or Earth observatories.

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But that amount of lighting is likely to still affect natural circadian rhythms.

If this proves to be a success, more moons will likely start popping up around the country. "When the satellite is in operation, people will see only a bright star above, and not a giant moon as imagined".

The moon is being built at the Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research.

A second, larger mirror was launched six years later, but it ripped before being deployed and also burned up while reentering the earth's atmosphere.

Russia was the first country to experiment with this concept when the country attempted to deploy a large 25-meter orbital mirror to reflect sunlight on northern Russian cities that rarely got sunlight. While the real moon is well over 300,000 kilometers in distance from the Earth, the satellite will orbit over the Earth at just 500 kilometers away.

Wu first announced Chengdu's artificial moon project at an innovation and entrepreneurship conference in Chengdu on October 10. Thank you for the consideration.

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