China to launch artificial moon by 2020. Here's what it will do

China Is Launching Its Own Artificial Moon in 2020

China to launch artificial moon by 2020. Here's what it will do

Over the Chinese city Chenliu in 2020 will be a special satellite designed for night lighting of the streets, reports China Daily.

Chengdu, a city in southwestern Sichuan province, is developing "illumination satellites" which will shine in tandem with the real moon, but are eight times brighter, according to China Daily.

The satellites will be reflecting light from the sun and if they succeed, these satellites could replace the streetlamps in urban areas, which, in turn, would save around 1.2 billion yuan, in terms of electricity expenses per year, for Chengdu.

Yes, many places don't even need those street lights on a full moon night, when our one and only natural satellite shines brightly without the clouds covering its glow.

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China is preparing to launch the world's first artificial moon to increase light on city streets at night.

"The Chengdu "artificial moon" would have the effect of significantly increasing the nighttime brightness of an already light-polluted city, creating problems for both Chengdu's residents, who are unable to screen out the unwanted light, as well as for the urban wildlife population that can't simply go inside and close the shutters", Barentine told Forbes in an October 18 report.

The first man-made moon will launch from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan, with three more to follow in 2022 if the first test goes well, said Wu Chunfeng, head of Tian Fu New Area Science Society, the organization responsible for the project. The authors of the project suggest that the 50-kilometer orbit will provide maximum energy savings in Chinju - this will bring additional 174 million dollars to the city Treasury annually. The testing of the light beams will be done in an uninhabited desert so that it does not interfere with any people or Earth observatories. If successful, similar objects will be launched by 2022. Artificial light affects migration, navigation, plant blooming and when trees lose their leaves.

The moon is being built at the Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research. "When the satellite is in operation, people will see only a bright star above, and not a giant moon as imagined".

China is not the first country to try beaming sunlight back to Earth. Russian Federation abandoned the project in 1999. The satellite doesn't really serve a objective other than to orbit the Earth every 90 minutes and reflect sunlight off its soccer-ball like panels.

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