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China’s Aperture Spherical Telescope

The World’s largest “Ears” to the universe is bound for completion soon! China’s Aperture Spherical Telescope began its construction back in 2011, and as scheduled, it will be completed this year.

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The Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, shortened as FAST, is being constructed in Southwest China. After the approval by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in mid-2007, it’s been said to become the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope, surpassing the Arecibo Observatory.

This 5.5-year-long project will boost the human capacity to observe outer space, and is made up of over 4,400 panels. Its location is also extremely isolated from magnetic disruptions. By June 2016, panel installation is expected to be finished – and it won’t be so surprising that soon, hundreds or thousands of discoveries will be made with the help of China’s Aperture Spherical Telescope.

This radio telescope will have a cost of $110 million by the time it will be completed in September 2016.

Radio telescopes were made and used to identify astronomical radio source. Since the first radio antenna in 1932 built by Karl Guthe Jansky, a large vast of ideas and propositions occurred, behind the doors of Science laboratories around the world, which led to the construction of the world’s largest single-aperture radio telescope, the Arecibo radio telescope (Prior to China’s Aperture Spherical Telescope).

And with the Arecibo radio telescope alone, hundreds of scientific discoveries have been made. One of those was when an asteroid has been directly imaged for the first time in 1989. And of course, the current discoveries it still makes. What more if a larger radio telescope comes with it?

In the future years, it would not be surprising if mankind eventually discovers another feature of the universe, one that has never been found before. But before that ever happens, how about paying a visit at China’s Aperture Spherical Telescope during the ber-month and make a discovery after your name?

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