A Look Into Artificial Moon Being Built By China That Is 8 Times Brighter Than The Natural Moon (Photos)

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According to reports, China is planning to launch its own ‘artificial moon’ by 2020 to replace streetlamps and lower electricity costs in urban areas.

Chengdu, a city in southwestern Sichuan province, is developing “illumination satellites” which will shine in tandem with the real moon, but are eight times brighter

By 2022, China plans to have three artificial moons in orbit around the Earth. These will shine 8 times brighter than the natural moon. By having this as a light source, China believes it could save over a hundred million dollars a year from the cost of electricity used for streetlights.

Despite the artificial moon shining light in a similar way, the satellite boasts one advantage that the moon doesn’t — human control. The head of the project Chunfeng says that both the location and brightness of the human-made moon can be changed, and that it can be completely shut off if necessary. And since the satellite is mobile, it can assist in disaster relief by beaming light on areas that lost power.

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