China Developed World’S Largest Radio Telescope (Download PDF)

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Tianyan is the largest radio telescope in the world developed by China. Also known as “Heavenly Eye” or “The Eye of Heaven” or the “Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST)”.

World’s Largest Radio Telescope

World’s Largest Radio Telescope

World’s Largest Radio Telescope

It is set up at the Dawodang depression (vast natural crater), a natural basin in Pingtang County in the Guizhou Province, Southwest China.

Location of Guizhou Province

Location of Guizhou Province

Location of Guizhou Province

Key Facts about Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST)

  • The first phase of intensive testing has already started
  • Will be operational in approximately in three years.
  • Most aspiring project of the National Astronomical Observatories of China.
  • World’s largest filled aperture (single dish) radio telescope
  • Second largest radio telescope after the Russian RATAN-600. RATAN-600 had a sparsely filled aperture established using 4,450 panels with a reflector as large as 30 football pitches.
  • 500 meters diameter so it becomes more sensible.
  • Will search the signs of intelligent life and notice distant pulsars (tiny, rapidly spinning neutron stars supposed to be the products of supernova explosions).
  • Will also study stellar radio emissions, gravitational waves, and signals from potential extraterrestrial civilization.
  • SkyEye-1 the best supercomputer in China will process the massive amounts of data collect from of FAST.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 27, 2016

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