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China Is Replacing Street Lights By Creating A Fake Moon
By Mikelle Leow, 18 Oct 2018
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As the song, Memory, from the Cats musical goes, “Every street lamp seems to beat a fatalistic warning.” A Chinese city might soon avert this fate, as it has plans to send an artificial moon to space by 2020.
According to the Asia Times, Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan, has announced its plans to launch a man-made moon, or an illumination satellite, into space to swap in for street lights.
The artificial moon is said to have eight times the brightness of Earth’s moon, and is able to illuminate an area within a diameter between 10km and 80km (six to 50 miles).
It will also be coated with a highly reflective layer to reflect the sun’s light. The exact diameters for how much light would bounce onto earth can be controlled by officials on land.
Chinese newspaper People’s Daily details that the illumination satellite had been in the works years ago, and that its prototype has been finalized.
If the project proves to be successful, Chengdu will be able to cut costs of lighting up its streets. Additionally, it expects that tourists might pour in to admire the man-made moon.
It’s clear to see that China is on its way to a Black Mirror-like future, but this one truly takes things to new heights.
[via Fortune, cover image via Shutterstock]
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