China has finally finished installing the five-hundred-meter Single-Aperture Radio Telescope, or FAST, which is the world’s largest radio telescope. The massive structure will be used to detect signs of extra-terrestrial beings hovering out there in space.
The telescope developed for better alien sightings has a diameter of 500 yards and consists of 4,450 reflector panels and is the size of 30 football fields. The $240 million radio telescope will be the world’s leader for the next couple of decades.
Zheng Xiaonian, deputy head of the National Astronomical Observation under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the organization behind the project, said that scientists will now begin trials with the massive device. He added that the project will allow researchers and scientists to understand the origin of the universe better and also support the search for extra-terrestrial life.
The telescope that took five years to build will start operating from September, ABC reported. The idea to build such a massive radio telescope was first envisaged in 1994 and the work began in 2011.
Over 9,000 residents were relocated to four separate settlements at government expense. A compensation of $1,800 was also paid to them. The radio telescope requires no settlement within 3 miles of its vicinity. The telescope has been built in a depression between three hills.
Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory with a diameter of 328 yards, which was the largest radio telescope until now has moved down to the second place, the UPI reported.
Meanwhile, a NASA scientist has claimed that they are very close to discovering extra-terrestrial life, and in the next few decades humans will be able to get alien sightings.
“I think we’re going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we’re going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years,” NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said Tuesday, as quoted by the Space.com.
He added, “We know where to look. We know how to look,” Stofan added during the event, which was webcast live. “In most cases we have the technology, and we’re on a path to implementing it. And so I think we’re definitely on the road.”