The world’s largest radio telescope, FAST, has finally been completed. It measures 500 meters in diameter, and was built in southern Guizhou province in China. The construction took five years and $180 million to complete.
Source: CCTV America
According to the researchers via state media, FAST will be searching for gravitational waves, detect radio emissions from stars and galaxies, and it will also listen for signs of intelligent extra-terrestrial life.
“The ultimate goal of FAST is to discover the laws of the development of the universe,” Qian Lei, one of the associate researchers with the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, told state broadcaster CCTV.
More than 8,000 people were relocated from their homes in eight villages since the telescope needed a radio silence within a five kilometre radius. According to CCTV, during a recent test that was conducted, the telescope received radio signals from pulsar that was 1,351 light-years from Earth