It could be operational as early as 2020.
Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan province, has proposed an ambitious plan to launch a man-made moon, or illumination satellite, into space.
The artificial moon would be eight times brighter than the Earth’s actual moon – bright enough to replace streetlights and illuminate an area covering an area of up to 80 kilometres (50 miles).
It will also have a reflective coating that can utilise the sun’s rays as its light source. On the ground, operators will be able to control the diameter and focus of the satellite.
According to reports, Chinese scientists have been working on the technology for years, and they feel that it is ready for unveiling.
If the project pushes through, Chengdu hopes that it will cut down the cost of lighting the city’s streets, as well as become an attraction for curious tourists.
Of course, this could all be a cover up for something else. As Obi-Wan Kenobi said in A New Hope: “That’s no moon… It’s a space station!”
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