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Chinese City Wants to Launch Artificial Moon

19 October 2018, 12:37 | Justin Tyler

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Hand holding up light-up moon

Video A Chinese businessman has announced plans to light Chengdu at night by launching an artificial "moon" to direct the out-of-sight Sun's rays down onto the city's streets.

A French artist once envisioned a cosmic version of Versailles' famed Hall of Mirrors, reportedly proposing the creation of an artificial moon powered by a necklace of mirrors that would reflect light back onto the streets of Paris.

The angles of these wings can then be adjusted to allow the light to focus on a precise location. He said the satellite would be able to illuminate the city with eight times the brightness of the real moon, eliminating the need for streetlights.

The vision was shared by Wu Chunfeng, the chairman of the private space contractor Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Co (Casc), at a national mass innovation and entrepreneurship event held in Chengdu last week.

State media reports were quick to dispel any potential worries about what sort of damage the project could do to the environment, quoting an expert as explaining that the light of the satellite would be "similar to a dusk-like glow" and so should not throw off animals' routines.

Wu said they have been testing the illumination satellite for years, and they now feel it will be ready to launch in two years.

A city in China is planning to launch an "artificial moon" that will light up the skies as far as 50 miles around.

Moonlit skies over the Chinese city of Chengdu may soon get a boost from a second moon. A similar project was unveiled by Russian Federation in the 1990s, with the launch of a solar reflecting system - a "space mirror" - meant to produce light "equivalent to three to five full moons" covering an area approximately 3 miles (5 kilometers) in diameter, the New York Times reported in 1993.

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