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China Is Building The World’s Largest Radio Telescope To Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence

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According to the official Chinese Xinhua News Agency, China began assembling the world’s largest radio telescope in a remote location in the mountains of the southwestern province of Guizhou Thursday afternoon. The Chinese hope that once the telescope is ready for operation, their astronomers will be able to conduct an independent search for extraterrestrial intelligence beyond the Milky Way Galaxy.

The 500-meter Single-Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (“FAST”) has a dish about the size of 30 football pitches and consists of 4,450 triangular panels. The dish has a perimeter of 1.6 km, which takes about 40 minutes to cover at an average walking speed.