China is planning to launch a satellite that will create a moon lookalike in the sky, the globing looking satellite is intended for research and will orbiting at 500 km above the earth.
Expected to be completed and launched in 2020 designed to complement moon light a save China more than $200 million a year in electricity costs. The fake moon will light up an area of 10-80 kilometres, which can also be easily controlled within a 12 metre range and can even enhanced to be eight times brighter than the real moon.
The goal is to use the moon to replace street lights and save costs. The idea was introduced by the Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Corporation Co.
How much the fake moon will cost and environmental concerns has yet to be disclosed.