World’s Largest Radio Telescope Nears Completion
The World’s largest telescope entered its final construction phase on Sunday. The Five hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST, is located in China’s Guizhou province. The radio telescope is a dish reflector made up of 4,450 panels and measures 500 meters (1,640 feet) in diameter.
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The latest project included lifting a 525 foot feed cabin above the dish to be suspended by fixed cables. The cabin will collect radio signals from the universe, many light years away. The received radio waves will help scientists study various deep space objects including supernovae and star nurseries.
Once online, FAST will overtake the record-holding radio telescope in Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory, measuring 1001 feet in diameter. Construction started in March of 2011 and completion is expected in September of 2016.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist, Monica Cryan