China is to displace thousands of dwellers for the sake of a giant radio telescope which will occupy the region.
China is in search of extra-terrestrial intelligence in the universe. However, the price must be paid. Over 9110 residents are going to have to leave their premises to make way for the giant telescope through which the far pavilions of space will be scanned.
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Termed FAST (Five Hundred Meter Aperture Spherical Telescope) it happens to be the largest radio telescope on a global level.
This feat of engineering and technology will allow Chinese astronomers to detect signals tens of billions of light years away. Indeed, this will take us a step closer to finding out whether we are the only intelligent life form in the universe.
The cost is a little steep though. Residents will have to move away from the area. They will be shifted to new loci within five kilometers of the site of the telescope.
The construction of the telescope is a project that will cost $185 million. It will reach completion by September of this year. The observatory will be nestled in the karst mountains in the Guizhou province of China.
Each one of the dwellers will get $1838 as a compensatory sum, Xinhua news agency reports. Extra money will also be paid by the government for those ethnic minorities which have difficulty finding homes.
The resettlement would allow the telescope’s electromagnetic waves to hold free sway without any hindrance. They would also not be causing any damage to living beings in the vicinity.
The Chinese government has engaged in similar policies in the past. Over 1.2 million residents were resettled when the Three Gorges Dam got built.
As for the current telescope which is being built, its dish alone takes up 30 football pitches. This humongous telescope will change the way we look at the universe.
Radio signals from very far away will reach the earth via this telescope. If there are any signs of life, they will get detected for sure. The region is ideal for such a project since there are nil chances of any interference from other devices.
As for the terrain, it too is the best possible one for the telescope. Once it is functional, it will be even bigger and better than the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.
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This huge radio telescope will be able to discern any meaningful messages from the white noise that is rampant throughout the universe.