China to launch lunar lighting in outer space

China to launch lunar lighting in outer space

China to launch lunar lighting in outer space

Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan province, announced on Tuesday it was planning to launch an "illumination satellite" by 2020, People's Daily reported, adding that it would have eight times more light than the real deal.

This info all comes via Wu Chunfeng, the chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Co., who spoke last week at an innovation and entrepreneurship conference in Chengdu.

The location and brightness of the light beam can be changed, and its coverage accuracy can fall within a few dozen metres, he said.

With an ultra-bright full moon each and every night, the city would then be in for serious savings on their monthly electric bills, or at least that appears to be the rationale for the ambitious project.

The artificial or man-made moon is a satellite carrying a huge space mirror, which can reflect the sun light to the Earth.

Some expressed concerns about light pollution and potentially negative impact on animals.

A Chinese city's plans to launch a man-made moon to replace street lights has been met with derision and incredulity online.

It will complement the moon to make Chengu's night skies brighter when it launches in 2020, potentially serving as a replacement to conventional streetlights.

Officials said it could be controlled to light up an area up to 50 miles wide and said the idea was the brainchild of a French artist. The People's Daily sought to reassure readers by citing a Communist Party official who "explained that the light of the satellite is similar to a dusk-like glow, so it should not affect animals' routines".

Moonlit skies over the Chinese city of Chengdu may soon get a boost from a second moon. 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. The mirror failed to unfold in space and the experiment was halted.

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