Despite the huge number of singular stars and constellations in the sky, there is only one Moon that you can see every night. However, things may change for Chinese residents as the country is planning to launch an artificial moon in the near future. China has shared its plans to launch an artificial moon within the stipulated time of 2020. This moon would be used to illuminate cities, whereby China would be able to get rid of the traditional city street lights from the country, especially urban areas. The state media say that the process is going to be gradual in nature.
Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan would witness the launch of the first artificial moon in sometime two years. If the artificial moon proves to be successful as expected, three more moons would be followed to enhance the project. The organization who is taking care of the project says that the real deal of the whole project is with the three subsequent moons to be launched in the later period of time. These devices, when placed at the right position, would be able to reflect the light from the Sun. However, it does so with more power and strength.
Even then, it would not surpass the night feel. Through automated management, China would be able to remove most of the streetlights, since this artificial moon can provide enough light for night. Given that the man-made moons will be able to help illuminate an area of 50 square kilometers, the Chinese government would be able to save an amount of at least $170 Million, which would otherwise be spent for setting up and maintaining street lights in the urban areas of China. Illumination satellites are being developed in a city named Chengdu, situated in a southwestern province of Sichuan.