Chinese scientists are planning to put an artificial moon into the sky by 2020 as a way to illuminate city streets after dark. If all goes to plan, the construction will shine simultaneously with the real moon, but will be nearly eight times brighter, the online portal wrote.
"Although the first launch will be experimental, the 2022 satellites will be the reality with great civic and commercial potential", he said in an interview with China Daily. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors from the University of MI and had a master of arts from Columbia University's School of Journalism. In addition, the satellite can be used for lighting the disaster areas during the outage that will greatly assist in conducting search and rescue operations.
But little is known about the height, size and true brightness of the proposed artificial moon - all of which are factors that could affect its visibility to distant observers.More news: Ayton posts double-double as Suns rout Mavs in season opener
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Asia Times reports that the satellite would have a "highly reflective coating to reflect light from the sun with solar panel-like wings whose angles can be adjusted". If the project is deemed to be successful, China plans to send two more of its artificial moon units in the course of the next four years.
Wu said several notable universities and institutes, including Harbin Institute of Technology and China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp, have evaluated the man-made moon project and given it their approval for trial and demonstration.More news: Amritsar train tragedy: Amarinder Singh sets 4-week deadline for inquiry
The US and Russian Federation have explored the idea of a man-made moon in the past, hoping it can bring convenience to night-time activities. As for why, well, it seems China wants to significantly reduce infrastructural electricity consumption as that costs them as much as 1.2 billion yuan ($240 million) each year. The first will launch from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan, China in 2020.
He also pointed out, "When the satellite is in operation, people will see only a bright star above, and not a giant moon as imagined". 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.More news: Kaduna imposes 24-hour curfew on community