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By Tang Ziyi / Mar 06, 2019 07:16 PM / Business & Tech

Photo: VCG

Photo: VCG

In the latest Chinese sci-fi blockbuster, “The Wandering Earth,” the sun has expanded into a red giant that is about to devour the Earth.

In real life, China is trying to create a sun here on Earth — without destroying the entire planet.

The country plans to complete the construction of "artificial sun" this year, an official at the China National Nuclear Corporation said on Sunday, state-affiliated Global Times reported.

The "artificial sun" is a device intended to provide almost infinite clean energy by replicating the nuclear fusion process that occurs in stars, achieving temperatures above 100 million degrees Celsius.

China also has plans to launch an "artificial moon" in the southwestern city of Chengdu to light up the city's night sky by 2020.

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