China is all set to launch an artificial moon which is to be sent to space as a replacement for streetlights. The said moon would light up the skies and would be brighter than the real moon.
China is aiming to introduce the artificial moon by 2020, the moon has the capability of lightening up the skies as far as fifty miles around. The bright satellite would be positioned over the city of Chengdu and would be eight times brighter than the real moon, pouring a “dusk-like-glow” over the entire region, as per the reports of People’s Daily.
The plan was shared by Wu Chunfend—the chairman of the Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute. The idea was an inspiration from a French artist who projected a necklace of mirrors hanging over the Earth that could reflect sunshine via the streets of Paris throughout the year.
When the artificial moon would be launched it would complement the moon to make the Chengdu’s night skies brighter and would serve as a replacement to the conventional streetlight and would light up areas undergoing power breaks owing to natural calamities. The moon could be controlled for lightening up a region between ten to eighty-kilometre-wide, as per the reports of Daily Mail.
The Chinese scientists are hopeful to send three artificial moons to space in the span of the next 4 years with the moons anticipated to orbit at 500 km above the earth. The three moons would be functioning alternatively for reducing the infrastructural electricity usage, especially during winters.
Chunfend informed that the technology is under development for years and has now attained a maturity level towards completion. The artificial moon is being criticised for having bad effects on the animals and astronomical observations, the director of the Institute of Optics, School of Aerospace Harbin Institute of Technology—Kang Weimin said that the light would only be “dusk-like-glow” and would not affect adversely.