China is set to launch a fake moon into space to help light up the biggest cities in the country with Chengdu, a city located in China's southwestern province of Sichuan, with a population of 14 million people being one of the cities earmarked for this fake moon.
Officials have announced plans to place a satellite in orbit by 2020 which would be capable of reflecting sunlight onto the streets at night.
When launched, and if successful, the satellite would be bright enough to entirely replace street lights.
Wu Chunfeng, the Chairman of the city’s Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute, explained that the satellite would use a reflective coating to direct light to illuminate an area on earth of up to 50 square miles.
He indicated that the artificial moon has been undergoing testing for several years now to ensure that they met all requirements.
According to him, this satellite would produce at least eight times more light than the real moon.
This project about to be embarked on by the largest country in the world comes after Russia attempted a similar project almost two decades ago.
In 1999 Russian researchers planned to use orbiting mirrors to light up cities in Siberia, hoping it would be a cheaper alternative to electric lighting.
However, some scientists are sceptical about the idea, insisting the device could disturb wildlife as well as cause a number of challenges to the earth’s atmosphere.
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