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Sun, Sep-25-2016 16:52:25

Worlds' largest radio-telescope


China's gigantic Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) in Guizhou Province is structurally complete and ready to begin searching the skies for phenomena, including signs of extraterrestrial life.FAST has a collecting area of 196,000 square metres, dwarfing the next largest single dish radio telescope, the Aricebo Observatory in Puerto Rico, which at 305 metres across and has a 73,000 square metre collecting area. The telescope consists of 4,450 panels and has been constructed in a natural karst depression in Pingtang County. The nearest towns are kilometres away, providing both shielding and isolation from electromagnetic disturbances.