27 October, 2015

World's largest antenna



China is building the world's biggest radio telescope that's the equivalent of 30 football pitches so it can ‘listen to the UNIVERSE’

  • Construction for the telescope started March 2011 and should finish 2016
  • It will be able to collect radio signals beyond our own solar system
  • The astronomy project cost approximately 1.2 billion Yuan  -£120 million
  • China is building the world’s largest radio telescope in Guizhou province, south west China.
    Construction for the Five hundred metre Aperture Spherical Telescope, shortened to FAST, started in March 2011. The project is now expect to be completed by September 2016.
    The gigantic radio telescope will cost approximately 1.2 billion Yuan (£120 million), making it the biggest astronomy project China has ever had. 
    It will allow scientists to get weaker radio signals from outer space, even further than our solar system.
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  •  Gigantic radio telescope: Scientists told local residents that the telescope can reach aliens in outer space. It will reach outside the solar system
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  •  Construction: It takes more than five years to build the world's biggest single-aperture radio telescope. It's on schedule for completion in 2016
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  •  Location: Scientists scouted more than 30 locations until they landed on the Dawodang Depression, a natural depression in the landscape
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  •  Location: Scientists scouted more than 30 locations until they landed on the Dawodang Depression, a natural depression in the landscape
 New science: physicists say the data can help prove Einstein’s relativity theory once more data of gravitational waves can be retrieved

  •  The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico built in 1963 will lose its title as the largest radio telescope on earth when FAST is completed in 2016
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  •  The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico built in 1963 will lose its title as the largest radio telescope on earth when FAST is completed in 2016
 Every reflective panel is controlled by cables to ensure radio signals can be recorded from every angle. There will be 4,450 panels altogether

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    The telescope is made up of 4,450 reflective panels. The size of the dish will be about thirty football pitches.
    Cables are attached to every reflective panels to control its coordinates.
    The intricate design allows scientists to shift the dish to receive radio signals from different angles.

     River basin: The telescope is built in a natural depression, lowering the cost which is estimated to be 1.2 billion Yuan (£120 million) in total

 The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico will lose its title as the largest single aperture radio telescope ever constructed.

 As big as thirty football pitches, the radio telescope is expected to get data from outside our solar system. Here it's in early stages of the build

 The unknown: Data retrieved from the telescope will help scientists to understand the universe better. It's especially useful for  astronomers

FAST is built in the Dawodang depression in Guizhou Province.
The natural landscape provides the perfect size and shape for the construction of the telescope. The ground also provides enough support for the gigantic telescope. 
The porous soil forms an underground drainage system that protects the telescope.
With only one town in the 12 miles radius, the Dawodang depression is extremely isolated from magnetic disruptions.
The remoteness of the location also protects the surrounding landscape from any damage.

 Enormous: It will take up to 40 minutes to walk around the telescope which measures more than 1 mile in diameter and spans 30 football pitches
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2 comments:

  1. The author may have overlooked the Square Kilometre Array being built in South Africa and Western Australia and will certainly be much bigger than FAST.

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    1. Yap , stay Tuned for more INFO , 73 !

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