New moon: China to launch lunar lighting in outer space

James Marshall
December 8, 2019

Authorities in the Chinese city of Chengdu plan to launch an "artificial moon" that will replace street lights and illuminate the city with powerful artificial light, the state-run People's Daily reported this week. The company says it will be launching an "illumination satellite" in less than two years, this created to light up the night sky with artificial light 8 times greater than the actual Moon.

Many researchers believe the moon formed after Earth was hit by a planet the size of Mars billions of years ago.

The country's government has announced plans to send a fake moon-or even a few fake moons-into the sky over Chengdu, in the southwestern Sichuan province.

The man-made moon will have a coating that can reflect light from the sun with solar panel-like wings.

Camera IconThe articial light emitted would replace streetlights in the Chinese city of Chengdu.

The moon has been tested for the past several years and will be released in 2020.

"China, Russia, the US, Japan, and the European Union are all striving to make technological breakthroughs on space energy application", Wu said. If all goes to plan, the construction will shine simultaneously with the real moon, but will be nearly eight times brighter, the online portal wrote.

The Moon is seen as it sets behind the National Capitol Columns at the US National Arboretum on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 in Washington. Opposition to an artificial moon There is a lot of opposition to messing with the rhythm of light and dark, or circadian rhythms in man and animals. Critics questioned whether light from the satellite would affect the health of Chengdu's residents, both human and animal.

A similar project was planned by Russian researchers in 1999, as plans were made to use orbiting mirrors to light up cities in Siberia, hoping it would be a cheaper alternative to electric lighting.

But Znamya 2.5 misfired on launch and its creators failed to raise funding for another attempt.

Kang Weimin, director of the Harbin Institute of Technology's School of Aerospace, refutes these concerns, telling Calenne that the satellite will produce a dusk-like glow far too faint to transform night into day. And this is the biggest worry for many scientists and anybody else who may have questions about the artificial moon project.

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