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China plans to launch artificial moon to replace streetlights

China’s Chengdu is reportedly planning to launch an illumination satellite, eight times brighter than the Moon, in 2020, the artificial moon is “designed to complement the moon at night”, though it would be eight times as bright. Wu reportedly said testing had begun on the satellite years ago and the technology had now evolved enough to allow for launch in 2020. The likelihood of Chengdu’s fake moon rising remains to be seen. But there are precedents for this moonage daydream rooted in science, though the technology and ambitions differ.

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October 19 2018
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