That’s no moon, it’s a Chinese space light

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However, the exact details of the spacecraft, the launch date and how the artificial moon would be maintained were not revealed.

With an ultra-bright full moon each and every night, the city would then be in for serious savings on their monthly electric bills, or at least that appears to be the rationale for the ambitious project.

A Chinese city, Chengdu, has perfected plans to replace the city's streetlights with an "artificial moon" by 2020. The company says it will be launching an "illumination satellite" in less than two years, this created to light up the night sky with artificial light 8 times greater than the actual Moon.

The idea was launched at a press conference earlier this month by Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute. (Casc). He spoke about the plan at an event last week. The artificial moon is made from a reflective coating that can aim the sun's light back to Earth and cover a span of 6 miles to 50 miles.

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Wu said they have been testing the illumination satellite for years, and they now feel it will be ready to launch in two years.

He said "that the light of the satellite is similar to a dusk-like glow, so it should not affect animals" routines'. In other words, one would think Casc would know whether a plan to launch a new satellite has Beijing's approval or not.

The newspaper credited a French artist for the idea of putting a manmade moon into orbit. The moon would be eighttimes brighter than the Earth's actual moon, creating an opportunity for the streets of Chengdu to be illuminated by the satellite instead of street lights.

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