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China reveals plan to launch 'artificial moon' to light up city skies in 2020



The city of China is planning to launch an 'artificial moon' in the city of Chengdu in the year 2020.

The so-called illumination satellite is deployed to the southwestern city of Chengdu in 2020

Officials have released a few details on the project, but say the idea pulls inspiration from

 A city in China is ready to launch on 'artificial moon'. The so-called illumination satellite set to deploy over the southwestern city of Chengdu in 2020 is touted to be eight times as bright as the real moon. File photo

A city in China is planning to launch an 'artificial moon' that will light up the skies as far as 50 miles around. The so-called illumination satellite set to deploy over the southwestern city of Chengdu in 2020 is touted to be eight times as bright as the real moon. File photo

Wu Chunfend, chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics Systems Research Institute Co., Ltd., will present the plan for an event in the city on Oct. 10, People's Daily Reports.

It will complement the moon to Make Chengu's night skies brighter when it launches in 2020.

The artificial moon can be controlled to light up between 10 and 80 kilometers wide by 6 to 50 miles.

While it might sound implausible, Wu says the technology has been written in the works for years and is now 'matured' towards readiness.

Chengdu's artificial moon People's Daily points out.

But according to Kang We imin, director of the Institute of Optics, School of Aerospace, Harbin Institute of Technology, says the light is amount only to a dusk-like glow.

It's not the first time humans have attempted to launch a light-reflecting object

 Officials have released few details on the project, but say the idea pulls inspiration from a French artist who envisioned a necklace of mirrors hanging over Earth. File photo

Officials have released a few details on the project, but say the idea pulls inspiration from a French artist who envisioned a necklace of mirrors hanging over Earth. File photo

HOW DID THE MOON FORM?

Many investigators believe that the moon has been formed.

This is called the giant impact hypothesis.

The theory of the moon is made up of three hundred billion years ago.

The colliding body is sometimes called Theia, after the mythical Greek titan who was the mother of Selene,

 Many researchers believe that the moon has been shaped by the Earth.

Many researchers believe that the moon has been shaped by the Earth.

The Apollo astronauts were brought back from the moon by the Apollo astronauts

Or theia could have, coincidentally, been

Earthen materials, rather than the Theia, have now become a special type of impact.

Last year, for example, a Russian team

The Mayak satellite launched from Baikonur spaceport on July 14, 2017 aboard a Soyuz 2.1a rocket despite backlash,

But in August of that year, in the weeks following the launch of the astronomers team behind the project revealed the solar reflector failed to unfurl in orbit.


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