Researchers in China have revealed a plan to launch an artificial moon into the space to illuminate the cities and streets. The fake moon will be eight times brighter than the real moon.
According to Chinese media The People’s Daily report, a Chinese city Chengdu plans to launch a satellite into orbit by 2020 that will reflect the sun rays to onto its cities and streets at night. It will be bright enough to replace the street lights and lamps and thus decrease the electricity cost.
According to Wu Chunfeng, Chairman of the city’s Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute, the satellite will be using a reflective coating to direct light to bright a region on earth of up to 50 square miles.
China plans to launch three more Moons
If this man-made moon project goes well, China also plans to launch three more artificial moons into space by 2022. As Wu said, “The first moon will be mostly experimental, but the three moons in 2022 will be the real deal with great civic and commercial potential.”
However, before the satellite marks its debut in Chengdu, the moon will be tested in a desert to make sure that its light beams do not interfere with people or Earth-based space observation equipment.