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Ricardo Hernandez asked the Naked Scientists: Hi Chris,I am addicted to your show!!! - Cannot stop listening.OK, here is my question:If we were able to cover the visible part of the moon with a highly reflective material, would it be possible to get extra light days at night?Instead of full moon?Thanks for the great programme,RicardoWhat do you think?
A plane mirror the same size and distance as the Moon from us would, if pointed in the right direction in the 'full moon' position, would produce a virtual image of the Sun that would be about as bright as the real thing, appear to be the same size and produce about the same amount of illumination as daylight.
Russian 'star' makes light of night:Andrew Higgins reports from Moscow on a plan to use space mirrors to reflect sunlight round the EarthThursday, 4 February 1993 THE SKIES above Europe were due to get a new star this morning - a Russian space mirror that could help end Siberia's long winter nights, illuminate whole towns in the Arctic Circle and propel future generations of space travellers to Mars and beyond.If all went according to plan, the mirror - a 66ft disc of aluminium-coated plastic - was to act like a gigantic electric torch, reflecting a spot of sunlight on to Earth as it orbited overhead at nearly 18,000mph. 'This is a very important test,' says Vladmir Syromyatnikov, chief designer and mission chief at the Russian space company, NPO Energia. 'No one has done anything like it before.'