China To Launch Artificial Moon In 2020

Posted: Oct 19 2018, 1:19pm CDT | by , in Trends


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China to Launch Artificial Moon in 2020

Chinese City of Chengdu will Launch Fake Moon Satellite Two Years from Now

In the Southwestern region of China lies the city of Chengdu which is all set to engage in the lift-off of its fake moon by 2020. This illumination satellite will be up there in the night sky and the whole plan was up for discussion in a seminar held on the 10th of this month in China. This artificial moon is meant to be a human version that will be supplementing the actual moon image in the sky. According to People's Daily Online, the artificial moon will be so resplendent that it will light up the city’s nightscape thereby outshining streetlights.

The illumination effect will spread out over an area that is 10 to 80 km in its dimensions. The whole thing is the brainchild of a French artist who imagined a necklace made of mirrors hung high above the earth’s atmosphere. The real stuff was road-tested a couple of times and now it is actually going to be put into practice. How it will fare in the future remains to be seen though. One thing is for sure though. It is eightfold times as bright as the real moon. This advancement represents some pretty advanced technology that has come to fruition just recently.

Technicalities of the Fake Moon

There have been concerned citizens who have warned that such an artificial light in the night sky will have a bad effect on the animal and plant species on the ground. This is a debatable issue. One of the experts on the topic said that the light dusky glow that will emanate from the artificial moon will probably not be harmful to flora and fauna in the region. This, by the way, is just the beginning of this drive. China plans on launching many more such fake moons over its cities where they will hover in their resplendent glory.

The fake moon basically consists of a large mirror that reflects the sunlight back to earth. That is the key function of the moon as well so this idea is not exactly original in its scope. There will be many steps that will take place before this fake moon project gets off the ground. These include launch preparations, orbital structuring, the complete unfolding of the mirror, light reflection and the finetuning and specification of the fake moon. All this will be completed by the year 2020. By the time the year 2022 arrives, there will be 3 fake moons in orbit around Chinese cities.

Thus a whole region or locus of control will be brightened for a period of 24 hours which will be a swell step indeed. Our actual satellite, the moon, orbits around the earth 380,000 km away in space. This artificial moon will be in its orbital axis some 500 km away from ground levels. The worries among conservationists regarding the adverse effects of the fake moon on animals’ and plants’ circadian rhythms is an over-reaction of sorts according to scientists. Besides, according to China Daily, the light intensity can be adjusted as per need. This plan can save up to billions of Chinese currency worth of electricity so it is a need of the times and ought to be undertaken as soon as possible.

Other Areas of Application

Also where such a tragedy to take place such as an unforeseen earthquake, this moon can illuminate the geologically-struck region thereby helping concerned citizens rescue the poor victims of the earthquake. Already, the USA and Russia are looking into this idea as one worthy of being explored for its benefits to mankind. Besides this, the city has a nightlife and so the fake moon can augment such activities as well. Way back in the 90s, Russia experimented with a fake moon of its own, but at that time, it didn’t pan out since the mirror didn’t unfold in space. So the plan had to be scrapped. This time, China will see to it that its very own artificial moon gets successfully launched.

The USA, Russia, the EU, China, and Japan are all experimenting with and exploring this alternative to streetlights. It is safe, economical and very convenient. According to the reflective coating of this fake moon will be so great that every spark of light emanating from the sun will be caught by it in image form and sent directly to the earth. Chengdu will be the major focus area that will be receiving this light from the fake moon. In fact, astronomers all over China will get to view this fake moon over Chengdu on a partial basis.

A Parting Note…

Further information on the matter has not been forthcoming. It will be known with the passage of time. The light from this fake moon will be dusky in nature and would not resemble daylight though. That is the good thing about it. Besides, areas where catastrophes have taken place, the artificial moon will illuminate construction regions where workers are in danger of accidents due to low levels of light at night. Thus this fake moon project is, on the whole, a cool idea that ought not to be dismissed.

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