Post historic fall RCBo Observatory In Puerto Rico, China has opened the largest radio telescope in the world to international scientists.
In Pingtang, Guizhou Province stands Five hundred meter aperture spherical telescope (Fast), the largest radio telescope in the world, crossing the Arecibo Observatory, which stood as the largest in the world for 53 years before the completion of the construction of FAST in 2016. After two cable failures earlier this year, RCBo’s radio telescope Collapsed in november, Closing the observatory for good. Now, FAST is opening its doors to astronomers around the world.
“Our scientific committee aims to be increasingly open to the international community,” Wang Kimming, chief inspector of Fang’s operations and development center, told news agency AFP during a telescope visit. According to the French news site AFP.
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China will accept this upcoming year (2021) request from foreign scientists to use the instrument for its research, according to the report.
With its massive 1,600-foot (500 m) diameter dish, the FAST is not only larger than the destroyed Aresibo telescope, but it is three times more sensitive. FAST, which began full operations in January of this year, is also surrounded by a 3-mile (5-kilometer) “radio silence” zone that does not allow cellphones and computers.
“We took a lot of inspiration from this [Arecibo’s] Structure, which we gradually improved in making our telescopes, ”said Kimming.
Radio telescopes such as FAST use antennas and radio receivers to detect radio waves From the radio sources in the universe, like stars, galaxies and black holes. These devices can also be used to send radio signals outside and even to reflect radio light from objects in the solar system (such as planets) to see if information can bounce back.
Researchers can use FAST to not only explore the universe, but also To study foreign world, Determining whether or not they rest “Goldilocks zone“Their hosts near the star, and also discover alien life.
In Fairby in 1974, scientists working on the discovery of supernatural intelligence or SETI, Sent an interstellar radio message Spherical cluster M13 in hopes of obtaining confirmation of intelligent supernatural life. The message was co-authored by astronomer and science communicator Carl Sagan, who helped popularize Aresibo and radio astronomy in general.
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