China completes construction of radio telescope with a diameter of half a kilometer




The Chinese government approved the construction of the Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST, finished. As the name suggests, it is a radio telescope 500 meters in diameter, making it one of the largest in the world.

China’s Xinhua news agency made ​​the news about the completion known. Sunday morning is the last of arranged total of 4450 panels, according to the Chinese. With the completion of construction of China sets have built the largest radio telescope in the world, with a diameter of half a kilometer. The Russian telescope RATAN-600 with 576 meters a larger diameter.

Astronomers now started to settle in the new telescope. Subsequently, from September signals from space can effectively be taken care of with it. The Chinese want to gather include information about the origin of the universe, and the telescope should help in the search for extraterrestrial life.

The construction of the FAST began in 2011 and cost 1.2 billion yuan. This amounts to 160 million euros.

China FAST telescope


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