China to Launch Man-Made Moon Eight Times Brighter Than the Real One to Replace Streetlights

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There’s no such thing that couldn’t be created in – now they are about to launch a fake “moon” into space that will illuminate one of the country’s biggest cities.

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has an ambitious plan to launch what could be the world’s largest light globe.

Officials in Chengdu, a city of 14 million people in ’s southwestern province of Sichuan, announced plans to place a satellite in orbit by 2020.

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A giant model of the moon on display during ’s Mid-Autumn Festival.

Source: REUTERS/WESTERN METROPOLIS DAILY’S/LV JIA

The satellite would use a reflective coating to direct light to illuminate an area on earth of up to 50 square miles, according to Wu Chunfeng, chairman of the city’s Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute.

According to Chunfeng, the illumination satellite will be eight times as bright as the actual moon. But he also emphasized that it has been designed to “complement the moon at night.”

The southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu intends to launch a fake moon into space in that researchers expect would orbit about 500 kilometres above the earth.

And the bold move could save more than $200 million a year in electricity costs.

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The launch follows a similar project in 1999 when Russian researchers planned to use orbiting mirrors to light up cities in Siberia, hoping it would be a cheaper alternative to electric lighting.

The scheme developed by Russia used a device called Znamya 2. It was equipped with a 25-metre mirror to illuminate a three-mile wide patch of land. During its first orbit the craft was destroyed following a collision in space. The scheme was abandoned.


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