So the city of Chengdu hopes instead to launch a better and brighter artificial moon that could be bright enough to replace 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.
The Independent UK reports that Chengdu's streetlights will be replaced with a satellite that will boost the glow of the real moon. The imitation celestial body - essentially an illuminated satellite - will bear a reflective coating to cast sunlight back to Earth, where it will supplement streetlights at night.
The project has sparked concern from the public, as many began to worry that the lights reflected from space could affect the daily routines of certain animals. The first will launch from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan, China in 2020.
If the experiment is a success, the new moons will also mean illuminating areas during blackouts, or natural disasters, or other emergencies.
Despite the economic benefits, many on Chinese social media platform Weibo were concerned with potential negative effects such as how it would impact sleep and how much the project would cost.
This isn't the first time that a country has tried to outshine the moon.
The moon project has reportedly received approval for trial and demonstration from organizations such as Harbin Institute of Technology and China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp, but the likelihood of the lunar launch remains to be seen.
Mr Wu said lighting from the artificial moon covering 50 square kilometres in Chengdu could save about 1.2 billion yuan ($240 million) in electricity costs every year. A similar project was unveiled by Russian Federation in the 1990s, with the launch of a solar reflecting system - a "space mirror" - meant to produce light "equivalent to three to five full moons" covering an area approximately 3 miles (5 kilometers) in diameter, the New York Times reported in 1993. The scheme used a device known as the Znamya 2, which was equipped with a 25-meter mirror to illuminate a three-mile radius of land.