Bird’s eye view of world’s largest radio telescope coming up in china [Video]
China official started construction of world’s largest radio telescope back in 2009. Dubbed the FAST, the single-aperture radio telescope is scheduled to complete by 2016. Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) is being built in a bowl-shaped valley in China’s Guizhou province. When complete, FAST measuring size of 30 football fields will be good to gather radio signals from tens of billions of light years away. The massively impressive telescope is made of 4,450 triangular reflectors, spanning about 36 feet on all sides.
According to reports, the under construction radio telescope will allow Chinese scientists to carry out their own search for extraterrestrial; something that Chinese scientists were dependent for on other countries. FAST is not just the largest but also the most sensitive radio telescope and it is being made at a cost of approximately 700 million Chinese Yuan (almost $110 million).
Via: BusinessInsider / Images: Shanghaiist