China’s Plan to Build Artificial Moon Sparks Hollow Moon Theories
The Chinese city of Chengdu has proposed the construction and subsequent launch of an artificial moon into orbit, in order to replace the city’s streetlights with a more powerful light source. The city is calling the project an “illumination satellite,” planned for launch in 2020. Certainly, this won’t reignite existing conspiracies that claim our current moon is an artificial satellite with a base on its backside. Oh, wait…
The project’s proponents say they drew inspiration from a French artists’ concept of illuminating Paris year-round with a “hanging necklace made of mirrors.” The artificial moon would shine with eight times the brightness of our current moon and light up an area with a radius of 3 to 25 miles.
It’s unclear whether Chengdu’s moon satellite has been approved at the federal level, but according to the state-run Science and Technology Daily, there are plans for a total of three artificial moons by 2022.
Aside from the desire to have better street lighting, the impetus for Chengdu’s artificial moon is due in part to advancements in technology that make the project feasible, according to Wu Chunfeng, chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Research Institute.
But according to the Guardian, there is precedent for such a concept, dating as far back as 1990. That’s when a team of Russian engineers launched the Znamya experiment, which sought to achieve what the Chinese intend to do. Their initial experiment was a success, though the amount of brightness they achieved wasn’t exactly what they were expecting.
The prospect of an artificial moon is also interesting in that there are some strange anomalies with our “natural” moon that have led many to believe, it too, could be an artificial satellite. If you’re not familiar with the hollow moon theory that confounds both scientists and conspiracy theorists alike, check out our piece that lays out the overwhelming evidence here.
The official narrative holds that the moon crashed into Earth during the formative years of our solar system – either as a smaller planet or chunk of proto-planetary debris — and remained trapped by Earth’s gravitational pull.
But what’s fascinating about the moon is that it’s the precise size and situated at the precise distance to allow life to exist on Earth. This orientation keeps Earth in a particular axial tilt, only wobbling off its axis by a few degrees over tens of thousands of years, allowing for stable poles and a stable climate.
And speaking of its size, our moon is massive compared to the moons of other planets. It’s estimated that only 10 percent of all terrestrial planets in the universe have the same moon ratio as we do. Maybe that’s why life is so rare in the cosmos?
There’s also the fact that the moon “rings like a bell” when it is impacted by meteorites and other debris, including several of NASA’s moon probes. During the Apollo missions, NASA ran tests that intentionally crashed rockets and dropped explosives on the moon. The space agency reported that these tests made the moon reverberate with intense seismic activity from the small detonations. Even the sun’s heat caused measurable seismic activity.
Well, let’s just say a former Air Force Sergeant with top clearance at Langley AFB, who claimed to have seen NASA photos of an alien base on the moon’s dark side, recently passed away after being hit by a tractor trailer while riding his bike. But that’s a whole ‘nother rabbit hole…
For more on the strange anomalies of our potentially artificial moon check out this episode of Deep Space: