China to Launch Artificial Moon Into Orbit to Light Up City

China to Launch Artificial Moon Into Orbit to Light Up City:  Chinese officials say they plan to launch a satellite into orbit by 2020 that will act as an artificial moon - one that will be able to directly reflect light from the sun onto the streets of Chengdu, China at night, a city of nearly 14 million people.

Wow, this is just a fantastic news - especially for those who feel we just don’t have enough light pollution here on Earth.  I mean, just think of it - a gigantic headlight, shining down from outer space - directly into our bedroom windows at night.  What could be more comforting than that?  Now is it just me, or does this sound like it’s gonna be one hell on an expensive light bulb?  

Of course afterwards, I suppose they’ll need to send up something to block the sun during day, just to try and counteract all the negative effects caused by reflecting all that sunlight down to earth during the night when it’s supposed to be dark.  Hell, perhaps now - we can all work 24-hours a day. 

And at the risk of sounding cynical, this is precisely why I’ve always been opposed to governments hiring Bond villains as research scientists.  That said, and in all fairness - not everyone is opposed to 24 hours of constant daylight.  I mean, people up in the Arctic Circle seem to enjoy it.  All I can say is, it’s a damn good thing Vincent van Gogh finished his Starry Night long before anyone came up with this bright idea.

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Comment by alsoknownas on October 18, 2018 at 8:49am

We had loads of fun on break at the cannery working graveyard. No sense taking the night shift now. They'll see you sneaking out behind the mountain of beets.

Comment by J.P. Hart on October 18, 2018 at 11:01am

& me generally failing any trivia throw-down or ho-down questions when it comes to the Periodic Table:) Years past, somewhere within the fast cyber-oft-idiosyncratic back pages of the O!pen Salon (you know, Johnny Robish) I'd nascent sci-fi wherein the real-deal moon was lit with mirror-like (what?) sticky dust and essentially shined, shined --- shone harvest-like. Reflecting that crime diminishes during full moons.

Partial impetus or 'flash-ADHD-like-premise: 1). USA municipalities divest $250 K (quarter million $) for police reaction(s) for ea. bullet fired during criminal aberrations (please: stand-back Ad-nauseam knee-jerk rhetoricians bad guy good guy profiteers) and what now? China has taken an astrophysicist-quantum-leap up, up and away?? O for sure the linguistic-syntactical 'law & lore' of 'unforeseen consequences' e.g. false fowl migrations, crimson tide(s)?? Etcetera ... Nearby my October Marilyn Monroe portrait calendar (printed in China) holds that 24 OCT 2018 is United Nations Day as well as full moon. Hey! Wonder what consequence an artificial moon will have with Wolf Productions? Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl'? Wild cat growls!? Right now 'yam visualizing a gargantuan luminous solar butterfly flittin' hither and yon and oyeah, extra moonlight through the pines, moonlit meadows and the BAND just around midnight . . . .

Comment by Johnny Robish on October 18, 2018 at 12:25pm

Actuaally, regardless of what I wrote in the piece, I have no strong opinion about this and its actually not as bad as it sounds as it will still look pretty much like strong moonlight, but simply every night. 

Comment by J.P. Hart on October 18, 2018 at 1:16pm

No doubt you're sextant proficient, Johnny Robish:)

Sextant | instrument |

Sextant, instrument for determining the angle between the horizon and a celestial body such as the Sun, the Moon, or a star, used in celestial navigation to determine latitude and longitude. The device consists of an arc of a circle, marked off in degrees, and a movable radial arm pivoted at the centre of the circle.
& maybe the priority focus ought be those 'loop currents' I've read of that apparently exasperate too-warm-already oceans as the equinox or hurricanes accelerate with a God-awful whine upon landfall....One just kant 'hedge-row' everything....but I so admire the state-of-the-art Chinese Observatory I read of during my endeavor to grasp the renown Cixin Liu's 'The Three-Body Problem'; a wildly-selling trillogy-meant to say trilogy that some say underscores the reticence of extraterrestrials to communicate with 'space-ship  earth'as any outlier communique may indeed be perceived as 'war-like territorial expansionists aggression'; that who what where and when was it Toystory Leonardo da vinci  or Marx who's chiseled in stone that aphorism: 'all wars are economic ....' 

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