Monday, 19 November, 2018

China plans to replace streetlights with ‘artificial moon’ by 2020

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Theresa Hayes | 19 October, 2018, 00:37

City officials recently announced plans to build an artificial moon, launching it to hang over Sichuan province's capital city by 2020, Chinese news site People's Daily Online (PDO) reported.

Chengdu's artificial moon has already been met with criticism from skeptics and concerned citizens who argue that the light will have adverse effects on animals and astronomical observation, People's Daily points out. However, an expert told the People's Daily that the artificial moon's light shouldn't be so bright that it would impact them.

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

The satellite will reportedly be eight times brighter than the real moon and could replace street lights.

Wu said that his company has been working on developing and building an "artificial moon" for years and that the technology is now finally mature enough to shoot for a 2020 launch.

The project was introduced to the public by Wu Chunfeng, chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Co., Ltd.

Kang Weimin, director of the Harbin Institute of Technology's School of Aerospace, refutes these concerns, telling Calenne that the satellite will produce a dusk-like glow far too faint to transform night into day.

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

For now, details on the proposed moon-including further satellite specifications, cost and launch date-remain scarce.

The moon just doesn't cut it anymore for one Chinese city.

This isn't the first time that a country has tried to outshine the moon. The mirror failed to unfold in space and the experiment was halted.

The scheme developed by Russian Federation used a device called Znamya 2.