Chinese City Wants to Launch Fake Moon to Illuminate Its Streets

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China is planning to launch its own "artificial moon" by 2020 to replace street lamps and lower electricity costs in urban areas, state media reported Friday (Oct 19).

This is due to the object's planned orbit about 500km above Earth-much closer than the 380,000-km distance to the moon, Wu said. If the effort is successful, it would likely mean the city would have the equivalent of a full moon every night rather than just at certain times of the month.

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

He explained that the testing of the illumination satellite started years ago, and now the technology has finally matured. The fake moon will supposedly be able to light up an area up to about 50 miles in diameter, and also be remotely controllable for light precision. Russian scientists tried it in 1993; a second go in 1999 prompted "preemptive concerns about light pollution disrupting nocturnal animals and astronomical observation", The Guardian reports.

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The newspaper credited a French artist for the idea of putting a manmade moon into orbit.

CHINA has a freaky plan to launch what could be the world's largest light globe.

According to the International Dark Sky Association, which advocates for the protection of night skies, living under light-polluted skies is a grave health hazard as our biological clock evolved to match the day-night cycle, and exposure to artificial light at night has been linked to an increased risk of obesity, sleep disorders, depression and more. The scheme used a device known as the Znamya 2, which was equipped with a 25-meter mirror to illuminate a three-mile radius of land.

In 1999, a Russian experiment to deploy a large mirror in space created to function like an artificial moon was unsuccessful after it failed to unfold properly.

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