World’s largest radio telescope completed in China

SlashGear, Shane McGlaun, July 5

For the last half decade, researchers in China have been at work on a gigantic radio telescope hailed as the world’s largest single dish radio telescope. That monster telescope completed construction on July 3, 2016 with the installation of the last of its 4,450 reflecting panels. The telescope is equivalent in size to 30 soccer fields and is called the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope or FAST.

With construction complete the scientists on the project are now counting down to when the telescope will see its first light in two to three months. FAST is significantly larger than the previous record holder the Arecibo telescope at 300-meters. The larger FAST telescope is much larger and more sensitive and is able to cover a larger area of the sky thanks to a lightweight adjustable feed cabin.

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