China to launch 3 artificial moons in space by 2022

Scientists say an artificial moon could provide eight times the light of a real full moon and do away with the need for streetlights

Scientists say an artificial moon could provide eight times the light of a real full moon and do away with the need for streetlights

The verification of launch, orbit injection, unfolding, illumination, adjust and control of the man-made moon will be completed by 2020, the daily reported, quoting Wu Chunfeng, head of Tianfu New District System Science Research Institute in Chengdu in China's southwest Sichuan province.

Kang Weimin, director of the Institute of Optics, School of Aerospace, Harbin Institute of Technology, assured that the light of the satellite is similar to a dusk-like glow, so it should not affect animals' routines.

The artificial moon will be able to light an area within a diameter of 10 to 80 kilometres.

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. According to The Asia Times, Chengdu's artificial moon will feature a highly reflective coating that reflects the sun's rays via solar panel-like wings.

Officials have released few details on the project, but say the idea pulls inspiration from a French artist who envisioned a necklace of mirrors hanging over Earth.

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Any concerns about light pollution or the disruption to nocturnal animals appeared to be quashed at the event.

A Chinese city has hatched a plan to launch an artificial moon into space within the next two years, according to a new report.

China's space industry is preparing to launch the world's first artificial moon to help with urban illumination at night, a leading scientist said.

Moonlit skies over the Chinese city of Chengdu may soon get a boost from a second moon. The Telegraph's Joseph Archer reports that Russian scientists launched a mirror-equipped spacecraft created to brighten Siberia's sun-deprived streets back in 1999.

However some members of the public are reportedly anxious the man-made moon might have an adverse effect on animals and star-gazing. 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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