A City In China Planning To Launch An Artificial Moon Into Orbit By 2020!
Wow! It is good news right?
Yeap Mars has two moons, Jupiter has 67, Saturn 62, Uranus 27 and Neptune 14. Earth having two moons is nothing when compared with other planets. You may think!
But, remember even Jupiter has 67 moons they all are natural, not man-made.
Here’s what would happen if Earth really did have two moons
A city in China planning to release an artificial moon into orbit by 2020. This artificial moon will would smaller than our moon. However, if they succeed it will cause plenty of issues. If Earth had a second moon, it would cause sea levels to rise, flooding seaside cities like New York and Singapore. Generally, all of the sea level lands will be flooded and drawn. Also, this new moon will be slow the Earth’s rotation with its extra pull, it causing the day to get longer. Well, day to get longer won’t be good as you think now.
By launching this new moon the city expecting to reduce energy needs by replacing street light with artificial moonlight.
Imagine the Moon’s new adopted brother comes and trapped by Earth’s gravity. As it settles into orbit, halfway between Earth and our original moon, it draws violently at the oceans. In the real world, this is how our original Moon helps generate waves. So, the new one would increase the effect. Causing peak tides that would be 6 times higher, eroding shorelines and flooding many cities including New York, Singapore, and London will disappear under the sea.
But not all damage would happen on Earth. The mingled pull of the Earth and the original moon would also pull the second moon. The second moon would be caught between Earth and the original moon. The gravitational pull in and out from both ends would warp the second moon’s surface triggering huge volcanic activity. Flooding the second moon’s surface with red-hot rivers of lava. Just like all the volcanoes you have ever seen.
But even that’s not the end of the scene. Right now, our current moon is spiralling away from Earth at 3.8 cm a year. That’s about how fast your fingernails grow. At the same time, it pulls on the Earth slowing down the planet’s rotation. Which is actually lengthening our days by around 1 second every 40,000 years. It may not sound like much, but with two moons in place, it would quicken this process even more.
Millions of years from now, the day will have grown by 16%! Lasting longer than 28 hours! Now, a little extra time in the day may sound pretty nice, but here’s the problem: the extra moon would drift towards the current Moon.
After millions of years, the two moons would crash! The result would be so large it would rip the very core of the moons apart. Lava would explode from their centre. Forming a strong red light in the sky on Earth. Meanwhile, trash would go hurtling in all directions, where some of it would surely strike Earth, forming huge holes miles wide.
And what didn’t hit the planet would instead be trapped by Earth’s gravity. Forming a ring of debris around the equator. Similar to the rings around Saturn but not for long. Within just a few years, those parts would clump together, forming one large, single body.
Now Back to the start. Do we really need a Second Moon? Don’t bother to answer. I already know what you are thinking!