WATCH: China completes world’s largest radio telescope for ‘extraterrestrial’ exploration
He added that the FAST would be a global leader for the next one or two decades. It is expected to begin operations in September.
An editorial in the South China Morning Post wrote: “If we are ever to make contact with aliens, China may play a key role through the largest radio telescope, designed to search for signs of life in distant worlds…”
FAST’s sheer size surpasses that of the now-second largest radio telescope in the world, the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, which measures 300-meters wide.
The Chinese project saw the relocation of over 9,000 people who had to be moved from their homes. They were given US$1,838 (12,000 yuan) for their trouble.
According to the Verge, one of the scientists involved in the building of the mammoth telescope said that its dish is big enough to hold five bottles worth of wine for each of the Earth’s seven billion inhabitants.
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