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World's largest radio telescope ready to work

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posted on Sep, 18 2016 @ 02:44 PM
So this is going to be interesting and good job China.

It is half a kilometer in diameter making it the largest telescope dish in the world, it will be able to search for new exoplanets and gravitational waves.

A video of the last stage installation of the Feed cabin ( receiver ), and a good look at the size, the telescope is already working.


China's single-aperture spherical telescope "FAST" is ready to begin working as the feed cabin installation has been completed in the Southwest province of Guizhou.
The 30-ton feed cabin, hoisted up to 130 meters above the telescope's reflector, is the core part of FAST. National Astronomical Observatories of China Deputy head Zheng Xiaonian explains the function of the feed cabin.

"It is the receiver of the FAST and the receiver is the most important part. It receives all the signals collected by FAST." The cabin, driven by cables and automatic systems, can move with high precision.
FAST is the largest telescope of its kind in the world, overtaking the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. It's now receiving signals, and debugging work is underway.

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posted on Sep, 18 2016 @ 02:57 PM
It's ready already?! If this was built in the US we wouldn't see it's completion for another 15 years if it's budget hasn't been cut by then.

posted on Sep, 18 2016 @ 03:44 PM
Awesome news and all, but let us not forget all the people they forced to move to build that place.

posted on Sep, 18 2016 @ 05:18 PM
a reply to: Tjoran

Incredible achievement though currently the United States of America has the largest known Telescope in Space.

Of course as well Satellites orbiting Jupiter, Saturn, Mars as well as Voyager's 1 and 2, Rovers and stationary Robots on Mars, Data related to the exploration of Titan as well as many other moons in our solar system, exploration of Comets, as well as Asteroids with direct contact and so on.....

And then of course there is the Moon.
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posted on Sep, 19 2016 @ 12:41 AM

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posted on Sep, 20 2016 @ 05:06 PM

originally posted by: Tjoran
It's ready already?! If this was built in the US we wouldn't see it's completion for another 15 years if it's budget hasn't been cut by then.

Maybe the Chinese found the money by cutting the budget for their first space station -- which is reportedly failing, and in danger of falling back to Earth.

They did, however, recently launch a second space station.

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