Artificial moons are one of the more bizarre and hypothetical ideas that have been bandied about in recent years. But, they might be the beginning with the potential to do so much good. Not long ago, it seemed like a mad-scientist dream: Imagine creating an artificial moon that could serve as a light source for millions of people on Earth.
It would be a powerful and valuable tool that we wouldn’t have to rely on natural sources such as the Sun or fireplaces for our lights. We can already see signs of this changing — when the weather’s right, cities experience energy shortages at night. If artificial lighting is possible, will we soon live in an entirely different world? And what kind of impact would it have? In this article, we’ll answer these questions and explore how creating an artificial moon could change how the world works.
Artificial Moons: What Are They, and Why Would Someone Want One?
While artificial moons may be a far-fetched idea, they’re not as crazy as they seem. There are many benefits to them. For one thing, they can provide a light source for people who live in places where the Sun rarely shines — such as in the world’s polar regions. We can also use them for scientific and other operations where artificial light is required.
We could also use artificial moons for other operations that require artificial lighting. For instance, when satellites are launched into orbit, the astronauts onboard need lights to navigate their way around the ship. Artificial moons could provide this light in a way that would save these astronauts from using battery-operated flashlights or cumbersome lanterns.
Is There a Need for Artificial Moons?
The answer to this question is no. We’ve never really needed artificial lighting sources. The Sun is our primary illumination source, with artificial light coming in second place. When it’s cloudy or dark, we’ll use artificial light to create a more comfortable and pleasant environment. But the Sun, Moon, and stars have always been there for us — all we have to do is look up at the night sky and appreciate them.
We’ve also never needed an artificial moon as plenty of natural sources are available — from the Sun to the Moon (solar eclipses) — that can provide us with light and provide for our needs in different ways. So what would be so special about an artificial moon?
Some people wonder if it could produce solar energy for us, but there are other ways of doing this, too: Solar panels could collect sunlight and turn it into electricity; wind turbines could convert wind into energy, or even nuclear power plants could do it. So, in reality, an artificial moon wouldn’t be able to produce solar energy but would be another source of light out there in space.
What If China Created an Artificial Moon?
Artificial moons are one of the crazier theoretical ideas that have been discussed in recent years. It’s unclear how such things would work, and there’s no reasonable chance of them ever happening. But they might be the beginning with the potential to do so much good.
Creating an artificial moon to solve human problems is not new. Many think of it as China’s way of bringing up the idea in the West. However, the idea was first brought up by Chairman Mao Zedong, and the ruling Chinese Communist Party officially adopted it in 1964. So, it’s not risky or outlandish to imagine China creating the first artificial Moon. It’s not about to happen, but it’s an option we can discuss.
What If They Did It First?
The idea of an artificial moon has a long and storied history, dating back to the ancient Greeks. Indeed, they were the first to use the word “moon” to describe an artificial object. In the Middle Ages, there were several attempts to build artificial moons in China, all of which failed. It may have been because the Chinese were more focused on creating more complex machines at the time.
How Big Of A Difference Would It Be?
The most apparent reason why an artificial moon might change the way we see the night sky is the change in light intensity. At the moment, the Sun is at its brightest and most fixed position in the sky. It’s not just that you can see it better in the evening, it’s that you can see it for longer.
The Sun is for about 12 hours every day, and at its peak, it can shine for up to 36 hours a day. With an artificial moon, on the other hand, you’d be able to see the light from it for a shorter time, but it would shine for a shorter amount of time per night. It means there would be less light pollution, allowing you to see more of the Milky Way.
What If It Changed the World?
Artificial moons are not just a potential solution to humanitarian problems. They could also be used as a demonstration of power for other countries. Imagine that North Korea built an artificial moon to be used as a source of light. It would be the perfect tool to illuminate the dark, frozen land that lies north of the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas.
The Sun rises and sets over the DMZ all the time — it’s the brightest place in Korea! If North Korea could see the light from an artificial moon, it would be a powerful demonstration of its power. Even if we never see the results of an artificial moon, we can still imagine what it would be like. The idea of a world without darkness has always been fascinating, and imagining what it would be like to live in a world that always had light, whether natural or created, is a great way to pass the time.
The Benefits of Having an Artificial Moon
As we’ve already discussed, the benefits of having an artificial moon are almost too many to list. We could use an artificial moon to solve human problems, such as providing light for cities that don’t have enough or night-time energy shortages. It can also be used as a warning sign, as with an artificial moon, you would get an evacuation order if there were a risk of significant disaster caused by a breach in the atmosphere.
The Negative Side of Having an Artificial Moon
There are a few downsides to the idea of an artificial moon. One is that you would lose the night-time glow that comes from the Sun. The other is that you would have to create an artificial light source that could adequately replace the dim light from the Sun and the Moon.
How Artificial Lighting Could Solve World Problems
We could use artificial moons to solve a variety of problems. Most importantly, they could solve the energy crisis resulting from climate change. We could significantly use artificial moons in areas with little or no air pollution regulation.
One of the most appealing uses of artificial moonlight is to solve humanitarian problems. Whether it’s to illuminate a classroom for the night study session or to replace the candles you don’t have time to turn off, an artificial moon can be used when there’s a need for light. For example, the idea of an artificial moon could help those living in areas without electricity or running water.
Other Purposes of Artificial Moons
Another use for artificial moons is to power large, remote areas. For example, an artificial moon in the sky over a city like New York could provide enough light to power the city for a year and a half. That kind of impact would be huge.
Cities Without Darkness
The great thing about artificial moons is that you don’t have to create a moon from scratch. You don’t even have to go to space — you can use the Moon you already know and love. To create an artificial moon, you must take a regular, natural moon and lower it into the ground.
The Moon’s weight would cause the ground to settle, and the shadow created by the lowered Moon would provide light. After that, you can add plants and trees to add to the complexity of the landscape and provide even more light. Like most things, artificial moons’ potential is excellent, but it’s important to remember that they’re just that — a dream.
It Could Change the Way the World Works
The basic idea of artificial moons is that you have a regular, natural moon that you lower into the ground. The Moon’s weight causes the ground to settle, and the shadow it creates provides light. It’s pretty simple — a shame that it’s not more than science fiction.
Could Make Our World More Stable
Many people are unaware of the fact that our world is in a state of constant change. We know that the Earth’s axis of rotation is shifting upon itself, causing the tilt of the planet’s rotational axis to change — this is called nutation. It also causes the orbits of all the planets in our solar system to shift, particularly the orbits of the planets’ moons.
Because of this, the Earth’s natural satellite, the Moon, has changed over the years from being a relatively stable object to a constantly shifting planet. The artificial Moon could help stabilize the Earth’s constantly shifting satellite, the Moon, and therefore make the Earth’s orbit more fixed.
How Big an Artificial Moon Could China Create?
The size of an artificial moon is highly debated. One theory is that it could be as big as the Earth, and another is that it could be as little as possible. Experts agree that an artificial moon with a diameter of 1,500 km would be big enough to house an artificial city. To make this possible, it would probably require an engineering feat akin to constructing the Great Wall of China.
What Would Be on Its Surface?
One of the most common suggestions is to make the artificial Moon a desert. It would provide a perfect climate for agriculture, with little or no wind and precipitation. It would also help keep the surface of the artificial Moon cool in the dark, hot climate of the Earth.
How Would Our World Change?
One of the most noticeable changes if we created an artificial moon is that it would drastically alter our view of the night sky. Today’s most famous view of the night sky is what we get from the Earth’s direct light. With an artificial moon, though, we would have another light source from the Sun.
In terms of our environment, one possibility is that an artificial moon would be used as an energy source. It would significantly brighten the sky, making Earth’s view much more intense so that the artificial Moon would be counter-productive in this respect. With no natural sources of energy to rely on, and no need to store solar energy, the artificial Moon could be used as a power source.
The Opportunity Cost of Not Having an Artificial Moon
Another consideration is the opportunity cost of not having an artificial moon. One suggestion is that we should have one to use the Sun’s energy, but no one has come up with a good plan. There are several ideas out there that would use the energy from the Sun to create electricity, like the SolargX project, but they’re a long way off from being a realistic option.
Other Countries’ Plans
Several countries have expressed an interest in creating an artificial moon. The United States has already tested the feasibility of creating an artificial moon and has publicly stated that it wants to do so again. Still, there is no official policy at the moment. As with many ideas with significant public support, a plan to build an artificial moon has been discussed as a presidential priority.
Other countries would likely follow suit if the United States were to create an artificial moon. It would be relatively straightforward to create an artificial moon, and the technology is available. If we were to create an artificial moon, we would have a much more powerful and stable Earth.
What if We Start to Colonize Other Moons?
There are several ways in which this could happen. One idea is to terraform the Moon and make it suitable for human habitation. We could do it by planting trees and vegetables on the Moon’s surface and implementing water purification, energy-efficient lighting, and sustainable agriculture.
Another option is to use the Moon as a stepping stone to reach Earth. Using the same techniques to get to the Moon, a spacecraft could be sent to Earth and then redirected to the Moon.
Technology has come a long way in the past few decades, and today we can look back and marvel at the computer algorithms that created the first artificial Moon. It was a step towards making our world a more stable place and one that was incredibly important to human progress.
People have been inquiring about the origin of the Moon for thousands of years because the only way to find out was to build an artificial one. The technology to create an artificial moon is now available, and the only question is whether or not we will use it.