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The world’s most responsive giant radio telescope has opened its doors

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 19:00 PM (GMT + 7)

“China Sky Eye” located in Pingyang District, Guizhou is a giant radio telescope capable of receiving electromagnetic signals from more than 10 billion light years away.

At 0:00 on March 31, the 500-meter aperture spherical radio telescope (FAST), known as the “China Sky Eye”, officially opened its doors to the global scientific community, attracting Top talented astronomers in the world. “China Sky Eye” is three times more sensitive than a US telescope, and is surrounded by a 5 km long ‘radio silent zone’ – cell phones and computers not available at the site. this area.

The 500 meter giant satellite dish is the size of 30 football fields and costs 1.1 billion yuan ($ 175 million) to build and is capable of receiving electrical signals from a distance. more than 10 billion light years.

The FAST project began in 2011 but full-service operations began in January 2020, mainly to receive radio signals emitted by celestial bodies, especially pulsars – which are The dead star rotates very quickly. Data collected by FAST will allow a better understanding of the origin of the universe and aid in the search for alien life.

From today, scientists from many different countries around the world can submit their online observation application to the National Astronomical Observatory of China.

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