In Chengdu, a city in China’s Sichuan province, street lamps will no longer be needed to illuminate the streets. The government has announced plans to orbit an artificial moon by 2020. However, some experts warn of the risks involved.
If we start to present curiosities about China, we would probably never end the list. Some may be surprised to learn that the Asian giant country has a social credit system by which they value the good or bad behavior of their citizens, giving them a score. Or you can take a look at photos that demonstrate the overpopulation that exists in China.
More surprising than all this, however, are China’s plans to put an artificial moon into orbit. The government has assured that by 2020 it wants all the streets of Chengdu, one of the country’s largest cities, to be lit up by this satellite.
The light that the artificial moon would give off would be so bright that it would resemble sunlight, allowing the streetlights to be replaced entirely, The Telegraph reports.
Chinese plan to launch an artificial moon to the orbit
It seems nonsense, but it is not the first time that a government has put forward such an idea looking for cheaper alternatives to electric light in the streets. In 1999 Russia developed a plan to put mirrors in orbit to illuminate cities in Siberia. They used a device called Zhnamya 2, equipped with a 25-meter mirror to illuminate 7.7 km2. However, the spacecraft collided in space and Russians sidelined their ambitious project.
In this case, however, China would use a satellite with a reflective coating capable of illuminating an area of about 129 sq km. The artificial moon would give up to 8 times more light than the real Moon. Apparently, they have been working on the project for several years.
However, although it is practical to save electricity, some experts warn that the artificial moon that China wants to put into orbit could be harmful to the environment, damaging wildlife and altering systems of the Earth’s atmosphere. However, the scientists behind the project claim that the satellite will give off only a dim light, implying that it will not affect wildlife.
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