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City plans fake moon to replace street lights

Cai Yang  Xinhua via APChina Planning Probes Manned Missions Ultimately a Base on Moon- Space Chief Cai Yang Xinhua via APChina Planning Probes Manned Missions Ultimately a Base on Moon- Space Chief
Sandy Nunez | 19 October, 2018, 00:34

The so-called illumination satellite set to deploy over the southwestern city of Chengdu in 2020 is touted to be eight times as bright as the real moon, to cast a "dusk-like glow" over the region, according to the People's Daily.

People's Daily was quick to reassure those concerned about the fake moon's impact on nighttime wildlife.

Wu Chunfeng, chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute, made the announcement at a recent conference and said the new moon could replace some street lights.

Wu reportedly said testing had begun on the satellite years ago and the technology had now evolved enough to allow for launch in 2020. 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.

A Chinese city is exhausted of relying on electricity and the regular old moon to provide lights around town at night. The angles of these wings can be tweaked in order to create a precise illumination range of several dozen meters.

The project has sparked concern from the public, as many began to worry that the lights reflected from space could affect the daily routines of certain animals.

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For now, details on the proposed moon-including further satellite specifications, cost and launch date-remain scarce.

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.

This isn't the first time that a country has tried to outshine the moon.

Another Russian attempt to launch a space mirror in 1999 fizzled before it got off the ground, according to The Guardian.

The device, dubbed Znamya 2, collapsed soon after take-off and was subsequently abandoned.