According to local media reports, the idea was presented earlier this month by Wu Chunfeng, chairman of the - take a deep breath - Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Co.
A Chinese city has plans to build what it is describing as an "artificial moon" and bright enough to possibly replace the need for street lights. Citing the imagined French necklace of mirrors as the impetus for the project, Chunfeng explained that the technology behind the satellite has been in the testing phase for years but is finally near completion. If all goes well, the fake moon will produce enough light to replace Chengdu's street lamps.
In other words, one would think Casc would know whether a plan to launch a new satellite has Beijing's approval or not.
Though skeptics have expressed doubt over whether the company will ever actually launch such a device, it does again raise questions over whether it is wise to fill the night sky with artificial lights.
Officials in the city hope the artificial moon will bring in more tourists once it is in the sky.
Artificial light also throws animals off their natural day-night rhythms.
In the 1990s, Russian Federation carried out an experiment called Banner, testing the idea of using a mirror to reflect the sun light to Earth.
Though the human-made moon will light up only Chengdu, the glowing ball will be visible across China and even overseas, Asia Times reported.
In 1999, a Russian experiment to deploy a large mirror in space created to function like an artificial moon was unsuccessful after it failed to unfold properly.