LARGEST RA­DIO TE­LE­SCOPE STARTS LOOK­ING FOR ALIENS

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BEI­JING: The world’s largest ra­dio te­le­scope be­gan op­er­at­ing in China yes­ter­day, a project which it says will help hu­man­ity search for alien life. The Five­hun­dred-me­tre Aper­ture Spher­i­cal Ra­dio Te­le­scope (FAST) is nes­tled be­tween hills in the moun­tain­ous re­gion of Guizhou, of­fi­cial Xin­hua news agency said. Built at a cost of 1.2 bil­lion yuan (RM740 mil­lion), it dwarfs the Arecibo Ob­ser­va­tory in Puerto Rico as the world’s largest ra­dio te­le­scope, with a re­flec­tor as large as 30 foot­ball fields. – AFP

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