Chinese scientists turn on world’s largest radio telescope

By Jon Rogers

ksksk-664065CHINA has taken one giant leap in the search for alien life today after it switched on the world’s largest radio telescope.

The enormous dish, known as FAST – Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope – is situated in the south-west of the country in the Guizhou province and cost 1.2 billion yuan (£140 million) to build.

The telescope is made up of 4,450 triangular panels and can look further into space than any other previous device.

The next largest dish is a mere 300m wide and located at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. Deputy Director of China’s National Astronomical Observatories Zheng Xiaonian also claimed the new dish is also 10 times more sensitive.


SOURCE: Sunday Express

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