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18 October, 2018, 15:23
Video A Chinese businessman has announced plans to light Chengdu at night by launching an artificial "moon" to direct the out-of-sight Sun's rays down onto the city's streets. 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 Dailyreports.
According to Wu, the company started testing this satellite years ago, having developed the technology sufficiently enough for it to be launched. The company says it will be launching an "illumination satellite" in less than two years, this created to light up the night sky with artificial light 8 times greater than the actual Moon. The state media outlet claims that the fake moon would be able to light up an area with a diameter of 10 to 80 kilometers with officials on the ground able to focus all that the illumination on Chengdu.
The newspaper credited a French artist for the idea of putting a manmade moon into orbit. In 2013, the town set up three computer-controlled mirrors to shine sunlight into the main square; you can see it in action below.
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The Znamya experiment was to "test the feasibility of illuminating points on Earth with light equivalent to that of several full moons", The New York Timessaid.
A more ambitious attempt - Znamya 2.5 - was made in 1999, prompting concerns about light pollution disrupting nocturnal animals and astronomical observation. The moon would be eighttimes brighter than the Earth's actual moon, creating an opportunity for the streets of Chengdu to be illuminated by the satellite instead of street lights.
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