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Second moon over a Chinese ancient city to be launched in 2020

China plans to launch a second moon into the sky to illuminate Chengdu in South West China in 2020.

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The idea is to save money on street lights, the artificial moon will be much like our real moon where it uses the sun to illuminate.

The chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Wu Chunfeng remarked “The illumination satellite is designed to complement the moon at night. Wu introduced that the brightness of the ‘artificial moon’ is eight times that of the real moon, and will be bright enough to replace street lights.

The satellite will be able to light an area with a diameter of 10 to 80 kilometers, while the precise illumination range can be controlled within a few dozen meters.

It has rightly been mentioned about the adverse effect on wildlife who will no doubt be disturbed by this new artificial moon.

How they are to suspend this arificial moon and what size it will be is currently not known, it would obviously need to be very high up to catch the sun, will this also cause issues for airliners.military aircraft? only time will tell.

Chengdu is the capital of southwestern China’s Sichuan province and dates back to the 4th century BC when it served as the capital of the Shu Kingdom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The illumination satellite is designed to complement the moon at night. Wu introduced that the brightness of the “artificial moon” is eight times that of the real moon, and will be bright enough to replace street lights.

The satellite will be able to light an area with a diameter of 10 to 80 kilometers, while the precise illumination range can be controlled within a few dozen meters.

The idea of the “artificial moon” came from a French artist, who imagined hanging a necklace made of mirrors above the earth, which could reflect sunshine through the streets of Paris all year round.

The testing of the illumination satellite started years ago, and now the technology has finally matured, explained Wu.

Some people expressed concern that the lights reflected from space could have adverse effects on the daily routine of certain animals and astronomical observation.

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

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