Just when you think you really have heard of everything…plans are in place to launch a ‘fake moon’ to light the streets of a city in China. The lunatic idea (sorry!) has been announced by Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Co.
It plans to create the artificial moon by 2020 in the form of an illumination satellite.
Chairman Wu Chunfeng claims his satellite will be eight times stronger than the real moon and will be enough to light up Southwestern China’s city of Chengdu at night.
I enjoy gazing up at the moon on a clear night but I am not sure a satellite substitute would fill me with the same glow.
The fake moon will apparently give off the same dusk-light light as the real moon so that it doesn’t interfere with natural circadian rhythms.
This announcement follows the launch of the Humanity Star in January this year. The star stayed in orbit until March and was a satellite that was designed to be a temporary symbol in the night sky to encourage people to look up and ponder humanity’s place in the universe.
I’m a big fan of science and developing technology but I have to say, these projects do bring to mind the phrase – more money than sense…