In order to replace street lights, China is all set to launch 'Artificial Moon' into the night sky. China is aiming to launch the 'Artificial Moon' by 2020. It is planning to introduce the 'Artificial Moon' into the night sky above Sichuan province's capital of Chengdu in southwestern China.
Wu Chunfeng, chairman of space contractor Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Co (CASC), corroborated the same.
Interestingly, the idea doesn't belong to China and it was conceived by a French artist who had imagined of placing a row of mirrors on the Earth to reflect the sunlight on to the streets of Paris all year round. The idea was revealed at a national technological event in Chengdu, China on October 10. Prior to this announcement, the idea is said to be in testing for years.
Apparently, the 'Artificial Moon' will have a diameter of six to 50 miles and it will have a satellite coat in a reflective material that is expected to provide the city with a constant beam of light. The device has been designed to illuminating the Earth eight-time stronger than the one of the real moon, enough to replace the lights on the street. As per this, the city is expected to be filled in perpetual light. And the precise illumination range is planned to control within a few dozen metres.