Just this week we watched as Professor Stephen Hawking and the Russian billionaire Yuri Milner were to reveal the Breakthrough initiative , the largest project of all time focused on looking for life beyond our planet. The week is not over and China gets into the car of the search for extraterrestrial life announced what will be the world’s largest radio telescope.
The Chinese do not want to be left out of the loop and therefore have taken that everyone is talking about Breakthrough Initiatives, and have released what will undoubtedly be the largest research device on radio waves in China , and very probably the world.
In the search for extraterrestrial life, China will have a 500-meter radio telescope in diameter
Located in the Chinese province of Guizhou, the radio telescope have dubbed FAST has begun construction on a natural bowl-shaped valley, which also lies within a so-called “radio silence”, ie no signals or radio antennas interfere, the nearest town is 25 kilometers away, making it ideal for measurements.
FAST will have a diameter of half a kilometer , exceeding the radio telescope at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, which has 300 meters in diameter. It will be equipped with 4,450 panels in the form of equilateral triangle, each side will measure 11 meters long. Thanks to its size and advantages of the area, will be able to receive up to three times more radio waves from space.
Nan Rendong , chief scientist of the FAST project within the National Astronomical Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said:
“A radio telescope is a sensitive ear can decipher radio messages significantly within the white noise in the universe. It is to identify the sound of cicadas in a storm.”
With this telescope, China wants to venture on their own search for life outside our planet and explore the origins of the universe. FAST is expected to be finished by the end of the year built and begin operations during the first quarter of 2016.