First light for world’s largest radio telescope

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The competition heats up: China has begun operational use of the world’s largest radio telescope, Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope(FAST).

The radio telescope is similar to Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The dish is built into a natural depression in the ground and does not move.


  • Why would China spend money on this? Just to demonstrate its power or to be the first one to know if there is any ET?

  • Cotour

    What are we not understanding?

    China has from our estimation has extreme financial issues (from a market driven point of view) and they are involved in building tremendous infrastructure projects from highways, to bridges, to air ports, to giant radio telescopes, to a blue water navy, to space stations, etc. etc.

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