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In 2020, China will launch an “artificial moon” into orbit to illuminate cities

The southwestern Chinese town of Chengdu, with a population of more than 14 million people after 2020, will be illuminated at night by an “artificial moon”. In two years, an illumination satellite will be launched into orbit around the Earth, designed to replace the real Moon. The satellite will be eight times brighter, and its light will be enough to replace the network of street lamps, writes People’s Daily.

The satellite will be able to cover an area with a diameter of 10 to 80 km. The exact site can be controlled within a few dozen meters. The technology has already been tested a year ago.

However, there are fears that such bright night lighting may adversely affect the behavioral habits of animals and people, banal knocking them out of a rut. But the developers of the satellite say that the light will be more like a scattered gloomy glow.

The idea was borrowed from a French artist, who represented a system of mirrors in orbit, which could provide sunlight to the streets of Paris all year round.

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