Chinese city plans 'artificial moon' to light up skies

Scientists say an artificial moon could provide eight times the light of a real full moon and do away with the need for streetlights

Chengdu, a city in China, has unveiled plans to replace the city's streetlights with an illumination satellite, also known as "artificial moon" by the year 2020.

Concerns were expressed that having no proper night might affect animal life around the city, however, Kang Weimin, director of the Institute of Optics in the School of Aerospace at Harbin Institute of Technology in China, said the light levels shouldn't be enough to change the behavior of fauna.

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.

It will complement the moon to make Chengu's night skies brighter when it launches in 2020, potentially serving as a replacement to conventional streetlights.

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The angles of these wings can then be adjusted to allow the light to focus on a precise location.

Wu Chunfeng is the chairman of a private space contractor called Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Co. and a man dearly in need of a shorter company name.

"We will only conduct our tests in an uninhabited desert, so our light beams will not interfere with any people or Earth-based space observation equipment", he told the Daily.

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It remains to be seen whether Chengdu's artificial moon will prove any more successful.

The three new man-made moons can take turns reflecting sunlight as they will not always be in the best position relative to the sun, and together they can illuminate an area of around 3,600 to 6,400 sq km on Earth for 24 hours if desired, he said.

The last project of such kind was a Russian attempt in 1999 to use orbiting mirrors as a way to illuminate cities in Siberia, mainly in the hope it would serve as a cheaper alternative to electric lighting.

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