China has built the largest telescope in the world, and will use it to search for aliens. The Single-Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) is situated in Pingtang County among the mountains. More than 9,000 people were required to move in order for the telescope to be installed. Will this telescope finally provide answers about alien life that NASA and the government have been hiding from us all along?
The telescope is 500 meters, greater than a combined 30 football fields, and the last panel of 4,450 was installed Sunday morning. More than 300 people witnessed the installation including experts, constructors, reporters, and science fiction enthusiasts.
Prior to the installation of FAST, the largest telescope was the Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory, which is 300 meters in diameter.
Once FAST is completely functional, it should be able to detect radio signals up to 1,000 light-years away.
The project began in March 2011 and finished earlier than the estimated September 2016. The telescope installation, in total, cost $105,385,980.
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The FAST was built in a Karst depression, which should protect it from electromagnetic disturbances. In order for the telescope to be installed, more than 9,000 people were given $1,800 to rel0cate to a newly developed area.
The deputy head of the National Astronomical Observation under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Zheng Xiaonian, says that scientists will immediately begin debugging the telescope and start trials. It is planned to have the telescope fully functional by September, in which it will be used to search deep into outer space for signs of alien life.
“The project has the potential to search for more strange objects to better understand the origin of the universe and boost the global hunt for extraterrestrial life.”
Besides China building the largest telescope in the world, the country also has ambitions to build a space station and send an astronaut to the moon by 2036.
Here is a look at the History of FAST. The concept of the telescope was initially made in 1994. The preliminary study of FAST was recognized in 2001 and was supported by CAS, as well as the Ministry of Science and Technology.
By 2007, the FAST project was approved by the National Development and Reform Commission. FAST was officially in phase one of feasible study. By 2008, FAST began the initial design phase.
Dr. Douglas Bock, the Acting Director of CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, weighs in on FAST technology.
“The powerful receiver we’ve created for FAST is the result of our long history developing cutting-edge astronomy technology to receive and amplify radio waves from space.”
Although NASA and the government have not exactly come forward with much information pertaining to alien existence, many conspiracy theorists have gathered enough evidence to make it worthwhile to investigate further.
Furthermore, former astronauts, including Dr. Edgar Mitchell, assures the citizens of Earth that we are are not alone. Perhaps FAST will finally provide us with the answers that we have long been waiting for.
Multiple UFO sightings have been reported on the International Space Station (ISS) Live Cam. However real and obvious the sightings may be, NASA always denies them as being related to aliens.
So, how will the telescope work exactly? A chief engineer with the FAST program, Sun Caihong, compares the telescope to an eye.
“If you compare the FAST to an eye, then the feed source is its retina. All signals we collect eventually come here.”
The deputy project manager of FAST, Prof Peng Bo, is ready for China to take Science to the next level.
“The search for extraterrestrial life is a very hot topic for every telescope, and also for the public. I think Fast can make a contribution.”
The construction of FAST, although too large to move, is designed so that each panel can move in order to study different parts of the sky. Here is to hopeful success proving that alien’s are, indeed, among us.
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