China to launch its own "Artificial Moon" by 2020

Eloise Marshall
October 22, 2018

China plans to put an artificial moon in orbit above Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan by 2020. If all goes to plan, the construction will shine simultaneously with the real moon, but will be nearly eight times brighter, the online portal wrote. Wu Chunfeng, the chairman of the southwestern city's Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute, told a recent conference that an "artificial moon", also known as an illumination satellite, will be ready to launch in 2020, the Daily reports. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors from the University of MI and had a master of arts from Columbia University's School of Journalism.

In the 1990s a team of Soviet engineers launched an experimental solar sail "Banner 2", capable of illuminating the reflected light of the Northern hemisphere night.

It is reported that the artificial brightness of the moon will exceed the brightness of this moon is nearly nine times.

It is worth noting that their artificial moon is only for one city, which is Chengdu and not the whole country, much less the whole world.

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He explained to audience members gathered at an event in the city last week that satellite will be able to light an area with a diameter of 10 to 80 kilometers. If the first run is successful, then by 2022, the orbit will withdraw another three such objects.

In fact, light from the artificial moon is expected to save the city money by doing away with the need for streetlights, Chunfeng added.

The artificial moon will have a reflective coating that can deflect sunlight back to Earth, similar to how the moon shines, he said. However, few details have actually been released, so we'll have to wait to see whether Chengdu's moon actually makes it into the sky.

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. In the 1990s, Russian Federation experimented with using an orbital mirror to reflect sunlight on some of its sun-deprived northern cities, according to the New York Times.

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