Humanities fascination with space has led us to construct some amazing things. From rockets to international space stations, we have invested in some pretty amazing technological feats.
One of these technological feats are radio telescopes that are designed specifically for the purpose of studying the mysteries of space.
Taking a giant leap forward in this technology, China, has just finished construction on the World’s Largest Single-Dish Radio Telescope.
This amazing work of technology stretches the size of 30 soccer fields, and is located on the side of a mountain in the south-western province of Guizhou.
The telescope is being called the 500-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST for short, and it took almost $185 million dollars to complete it.
Since it is located in a natural depression on the mountain, it is expected to get natural protection from electromagnetic interference, which would lead to easier signal detection.
China is expected to use this device to explore various mysteries of the universe, such as black holes and pulsars. Research in these areas is expected to help us understand the origin of our universe in more detail.
Currently the project team is working on finalizing the intricacies of the project to make sure that when the telescope goes live, sometime in September, it can operate without a hitch from day one. We will keep you updated on all the progress they make and the discoveries they find.