Talk about reaching the moon and the stars. A province in China took the old idiom quite seriously. China plans to launch an artificial “moon” in outer space by 2020 in an attempt to reduce electricity costs and provide a natural light source. The artificial moon will start over Chengdu, a city located in the southwestern part of the country. The light emanating from this proposed moon will have the intensity of 1/5 of normal headlight but is described as eight times lighter than the actual moon. The fake mud is expected to be launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China’s Sichuan Province and will provide first respondents with enough light to the natural disaster land. This bet has the potential to slowly replace the headlight all the time. The “moon” could save about 1
.2 billion yuan (173 million USD) in annual electricity costs.
The proposed satellite has a clear advantage – you can change intensity or change location according to the requirement.
The object will float 310 miles above Earth’s atmosphere, a long cry compared to the actual moon that circles our Earth from 236,000 miles away. If this venture proves to be successful, additional moons can be launched in the next few years. How would it work? Well, the “moon” will use a mirror-like coating to reflect the sunlight down to earth. Worries about the consequences for sleep patterns in humans and animals are relevant, but the group is convinced that the load will be minimal. Even though the fake moon has the potential to replace street lights and save energy, it will not light the whole night sky.
Skepticism aside, this new company has the potential to change how we use space energy if it succeeds. And if not, then maybe the residents of Chengdu have something new to look out for on untouched nights.