Chinese scientists actually plan to install three artificial moons by 2022, according to ABC News. The illuminated satellite will be designed to complement the moon at night while saving hundreds of millions of dollars each year in electricity costs. The moons will be made from a reflective material are designed to complement the moon at night.
Wu Chunfeng, the chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Corporation which developed the project, said the illuminating satellites would provide a "dusk-like glow," decreasing the need for energy consumption. "The satellites' brightness and service time are both adjustable, and the accuracy of the lighting can be controlled within tens of meters," Wu told the Chinese state media agency earlier. Wu added the three artificial moons would operate alternately in order to significantly reduce infrastructural electricity consumption, especially during winter.