China Has Made World’s Largest Radio Telescope To Start Observing Universe Closely


In the advent of their universe-adventure, the world's largest radio telescope began searching on Sunday, for signals from stars and galaxies and, perhaps, extraterrestrial life in Beijing.
The project is a testament to China’s rising ambitions of unravelling space and outer life along with its chase for international scientific prestige.
The colossal telescope measures 500 meters in diameter and is tucked away in the forest of Guizhou province in China.
The telescope will be known as FAST (Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope).
China poured in as much as $180 million and 5 years to complete this project. During its launch, hundreds of astronomers around the world watched the launch of FAST.
FAST’s main job is to search for gravitational waves, detect radio emissions from stars and galaxies and listen for signs of intelligent extraterrestrial life. However, the ultimate goal is to find laws of the development of the universe.
"In theory, if there is civilisation in outer space, the radio signal it sends will be similar to the signal we can receive when a pulsar (spinning neutron star) is approaching us," said Qian, an associate researcher with the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
FAST entails the needed power and technology to discover a larger portion of the sky and hidden galaxies.
It will scan the cosmos and 4450 movable panels. It will also be used to reflect radio signals from distant parts of the universe towards a 30-tonne retina hanging above the dish.