We tend to think of getting ourselves new machines, such as laptops and mobile phones, along with other day to day necessities including clothes, shoes, and the ever making and breaking of relationships. But who has ever thought about getting a new moon for themselves?
Well, it was until the officials in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu decided that they want to have better illumination of their night skies and took the responsibility of installing a new moon.
Appears to be both interesting and amusing, the achievement is to be made with the help of an ‘illumination satellite’ which would be labelled as the artificial moon. It is likely to be about 8 times brighter than the actual moon we have right now and is set to be launched in 2020. The moon will cast ‘dusk-like glow’ and facilitate the region and its surroundings.
As per the words coming from Wu Chunfeng, who is the chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute, the purpose of this moon is to complement the real one at night. It is going to be bright enough so that they can take out the streets lights and the visibility will still be there.
Considering the area that this satellite will be able to illuminate, the diameter of about 10 to 80 kilometers will be facilitated while there will be a control of precise illumination range which can be adjusted within a few dozen meters.
The design of this artificial moon is inspired by a French artist who came up with the thought of hanging necklace that is made up of mirrors over the earth, so that the sunshine can be reflected throughout the streets of Paris.
The chairman of the association said that the testing of the satellite began years ago and the technology was improved with each passing day. Finally, all the resources are set and technology is available to practically implement the idea.
On the other hand, there are certain people who tend to have concerns with the project. Many of them stated that it would disturb the ecological system and wildlife routine and may also lead to a negative impact in the astronomical observations.
However, the query was addressed by Kang Wiemin who said that the artificial moon is set to cast a dusk-like glow which is why the animals won’t be disturbed to any serious extent.