World’s largest ra­dio tele­scope starts op­er­at­ing

The Myanmar Times - - World -

The world’s largest ra­dio tele­scope be­gan op­er­at­ing in south­west­ern China yes­ter­day, a project which Bei­jing says will help hu­man­ity search for alien life. The 500-me­tre Aper­ture Spher­i­cal Ra­dio Tele­scope (FAST), nes­tled between hills in the moun­tain­ous re­gion of Guizhou, be­gan work­ing around noon. Built at a cost of 1.2 bil­lion yuan (US$180 mil­lion), the tele­scope dwarfs the Arecibo Ob­ser­va­tory in Puerto Rico as the world’s largest ra­dio tele­scope, with a re­flec­tor as large as 30 foot­ball fields.

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