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China is to launch a fake "moon" into space that it hopes will illuminate one of the country's biggest cities.

Officials in Chengdu, a city of 14 million people in China's southwestern province of Sichuan, announced plans to place a satellite in orbit by 2020 capable of reflecting sunlight onto its streets at night, claiming it will be bright enough to entirely replace street lights.

The satellite would use a reflective coating to direct light to illuminate an area on earth of up to 50 square miles, according to Wu Chunfeng, chairman of the city’s Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute.

In remarks first reported by CIFNews, Mr Chunfeng told a science event in Chengdu that the artificial moon, which has been undergoing testing for several years, will produce at least eight times more light than the real moon.

As an astronomer hobbiest, I hate this. When you brighten the sky you take away our stars and our ability to see things for ourselves.

Look up and enjoy the night while you can. Before they start filling the sky with obscurity and billboards for craps sake.
I hope it explodes.
(10-18-2018, 04:35 AM)Mmmkay_Ultra Wrote: [ -> ]I hope it explodes.


Sooo Solly!!!
Is it the home in the stars or was that the last one that fell out of orbit?
(10-18-2018, 04:43 AM)Frigg Wrote: [ -> ]
(10-18-2018, 04:35 AM)Mmmkay_Ultra Wrote: [ -> ]I hope it explodes.


Sooo Solly!!!

Goot mornink. I need coffee. Where is that "Before Coffee" thread?