China’s largest radio telescope Five-hundred Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) is now fully operational. The telescope was first unveiled in 2016 but since then it was going under rigorous testing.
FAST is one of the largest and most sensitive telescopes located in Guizhou. The telescope is so powerful that it is capable of receiving 38GB data per second. The aim of the telescope is to scan the universe in search of hydrogen and to examine pulsars from distant galaxies. In addition, it will search for life in distant planets.
The total cost of FAST is $170 million. It’s operated by the Chinese National Astronomical Observatory, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The interesting thing about the telescope is that it features 500-meters aperture but only 300 meters of it used at any one time. Scientists believe that radio telescope is so powerful that it might discover some breathtaking discovery in just a few years.