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Chinese city 'plans to launch artificial moon to replace streetlights'

01 Nov 2018

Image:  Jiutian traditional tower illuminated at night with full moon in the background, Chengdu, China.  Shutterstock stock photo

 

‘Dusk-like glow' of proposed satellite could light an area with a diameter of 10-80km, People's Daily reports

In Chengdu, there is reportedly an ambitious plan afoot for replacing the city's streetlights: boosting the glow of the real moon with that of a more powerful fake one.

The south-western Chinese city plans to launch an illumination satellite in 2020. According to an account in the People's Daily, the artificial moon is "designed to complement the moon at night", though it would be eight times as bright.

The "dusk-like glow" of the satellite would be able to light an area with a diameter of 10-80km, while the precise illumination range could be controlled within tens of metres - enabling it to replace streetlights.

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