China has completed the construction of the largest alien-hunting telescope in the world! 7/7/2016 •

With this huge radio telescope scientists have much more chances to register any signals from aliens if they really exist!

FAST (Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope) is now the biggest radio telescope on the planet situated in the Chinese province of Guizhou. Its colossal plate consists of 4,450 reflector panels each being about 11 m (36 ft) long and its whole area is equal to 30 football fields. FAST’s design and framework are similar to the famous Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico, but the latter is smaller and less sensitive.

Though the construction work was officially completed on July 3, 2016, the telescope will start operating only in September. Now scientists have to adjust the gigantic instrument and perform test scanning of the universe.

Scientists started developing the concept of the telescope as far back as 1994 and only in 2011 the assembling of the telescope began. The construction cost about 180 million dollars in total. In order to build such a powerful and large telescope, the government of the province had to relocate almost 9 thousand people.

The main aim of the telescope will be detecting various radio signals from distant parts of the universe in order to find extraterrestrial intelligence. However, this is not FASTS’s sole mission. It will also help astronomers study the evolution of the universe, a mysterious phenomenon of dark matter and many other things.

The telescope is highly sensitive – its panels are able to change their angle within the accuracy of 1 mm!

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