The world's first artificial moon is expected to put in circulation in less than two years. Chinese scientists hope to…
The world’s first artificial moon is expected to put in circulation in less than two years.
Chinese scientists hope to have the moon, basically a satellite designed to complement the moon, enlightening city streets by 2020.
The moon will have a reflective coating that deflects the sunlight back to earth, which makes it shine in the same way as the moon.
China Daily says the artificial moon will put in circulation at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, above Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province.
It is planned to run around 31
0 miles above the ground. It’s about 235,000 miles closer than the real moon. Because of this, it is expected that it will illuminate eight times lighter than the actual moon.
“This is not enough to light the whole sky,” said Wu Chungfeng, director of the Tian Fu New Area Science Society in Chengdu. “The expected brightness, in the eyes of the people, is around one fifth of normal streetlights.”
It will illuminate that it could provide extra light during the weaknesses of the disaster zone, which provides much needed relief and help to rescue workers.
The location and brightness of the beam will change according to China Daily, and it will be a way to replace some street lighting in urban areas, saving energy costs – about $ 174 million a year in the city of Chengdu.
Although several universities and institutes approved the artificial project after evaluation, Wu had some criticism and mentioned the possibility of physiological consequences for humans and animals. He said that the absence of regular changes between night and day can interfere with metabolic patterns, including sleep.
He said the test phases are done in an uninhabited desert.
“Our rays of light will not interfere with any people or terrestrial space observation equipment,” said Wu. “When the satellite is in operation, people only see a bright star above, and not a giant moon as imagined.”
He added that there is still work to be done, but the moon planned to launch a orbit in 2020 is just experimental.
“Three months in 2022 will be the real deal with great civic and commercial potential,” said Wu.
He said that many countries, including the United States, seem to benefit from using energy from space, and what mirrors mirrors has long been discussed as a way to do it.
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Graham Media Group 2018