China To Finish World's Largest Telescope In 2 Weeks

Posted: Jun 20 2016, 1:42am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 21 2016, 10:26pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

China Finishes World's Largest Telescope Ready in 2 Weeks
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Situated in Guizhou Province, in the south-west of China, the world's largest radio telescope is almost finished. Workers are installing the last panels of the gigantic telescope. The work, according to a new report, is to be finished in 2 weeks.

This is the largest radio telescope ever built, measuring 500m (1,640ft) across when finished. To date the Aricebo Observatory, in Puerto Rico, with a diameter of 305m (1,000ft) is the world's largest telescope. China ups the size by almost 200m in diameter.

The Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) will put China at the forefront in radio telescope based space research.

FAST is made up of 4,450 individual panels. As of Sunday 4,350 panels or nearly 98% are installed. After the assembly of FAST is finished, the world's largest telescope will be tested and debugged for 3 months.

China started to build the world's largest radio telescope in Guizhou Province in 2011. FAST is scheduled to be operational in September. Chinese news wire Xinhua released a video showing the current state of gigantic telescope.

Radio telescopes are used to listen to cosmic signals emanated for instance by hydrogen, one of the building blocks of life. FAST can pick up weaker signals than any other telescope before it.

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