A few days ago, the construction of the world's largest radio telescope has been finished. The Telescope is built in Pingtang County, southwest of China's Guizhou Province.
The 500m-wide Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST, is the size of 30 football fields! The whole $180m satellite project took five years to complete and it will be used for space exploration and it will help to search for an extraterrestrial life.
Over the next two to three years, the telescope will be subject to adjustments and used for early-stage research by scientists in China. It will then become available to researchers across the globe to use.According to Xinhua News, FAST will aid in detecting pulsars, gravitational waves and eventually amino acids, which would confirm life on other planets.
FAST will replace the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, which is around 300m in diameter, as the world's largest telescope.
In order to ensure total radio silence within a five-kilometer radius around FAST, more than 9,000 people will be moved out of the area surrounding the telescope and resettled in neighboring countries by September.
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