Gigantic radio-telescope in China will listen to the Universe from Earth

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“It will help us to search for intelligent life outside of the galaxy and explore the origins of the universe,” Wu Xiangping, director-general of the Chinese Astronomical Society told to the media. The reflector dish made up of over 4,500 mostly triangular panels will collect up signals from the whole universe. FAST will be able to scan two times more sky area than Arecibo, with three to five times higher sensitivity. Construction began in 2011 in a natural indentation in Guizhou province’s mountains, in the Dawodang depression, south-west China. The telescope is in the final stage of completion. The whole system by the end of September 2016. Engineers tested now a key component inside the massive telescope. Over the weekend, the retina was successfully installed.

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