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In Pictures: World's Largest Radio Telescope for Alien Search

In the first two or three years after its completion, the telescope will undergo further adjustment, and during that period Chinese scientists will use it for early-stage research and later will be open to scientists worldwide.

Deepali Moray | News18.com

Updated:July 5, 2016, 9:47 AM IST
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In Pictures: World's Largest Radio Telescope for Alien Search
In the first two or three years after its completion, the telescope will undergo further adjustment, and during that period Chinese scientists will use it for early-stage research and later will be open to scientists worldwide.
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On June 3, installation work of the world's largest radio telescope at Karst Valley in the southwestern province of Guizhou, China was completed. The 500 metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), is composed of a reflector, which is the size of 30 football fields, with 4,450 panels fitted into its centre. Work on the $180 million FAST project began in 2011. Chinese scientists say that the telescope is of great significance for humans to explore the universe and extraterrestrial civilisations. In the first two or three years after its completion, the telescope will undergo further adjustment, and during that period Chinese scientists will use it for early-stage research. It will later be open to scientists worldwide. Upon completion, the telescope will dwarf Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory, which is 300 metres in diameter. It will also be 10 times more sensitive than the steerable 100-metre telescope near Bonn in German. Here's the mammoth telescope in pictures:

FAST-telescope-01Aerial view of the Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) built in mountains on July 28, 2015 in Pingtang County, Qiannan Buyei and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou province of China. The FAST would be used mainly for capturing radio signals in the universe. Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images

FAST-telescope-02With a diameter of 500 meters it would be the world's largest radio telescope when completed in September, 2016. Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images

FAST-telescope-03The FAST project started in 2011. Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images

FAST-telescope-04A fish-eye view of the telescope. Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images

FAST-telescope-05The project costs $180 million.

FAST-telescope-06Earlier reports noted that China planned to move nearly 10,000 people to make way for the world's largest radio telescope which promises to help humanity search for alien life. REUTERS/Stringer

FAST-telescope-07Panels being installed on the centre of the big dish. REUTERS/Stringer

FAST-telescope-08The last panel of China's world largest radio telescope named "FAST", being installed in Pingtang county, Guizhou Province. China Daily/via REUTERS
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