China completes work on 500-meter telescope designed to search for alien life

By midian182 ยท 23 replies
Jul 5, 2016
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  1. China has finished work on the world’s largest single-aperture telescope. The Five Hundred Meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) will search for extraterrestrial life and be used to explore the universe when it starts operations in September.

    "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," Zheng Xiaonian, deputy head of the National Astronomical Observation under the Chinese Academy Sciences, told Xinhua news agency.

    The last of FAST’s 4450 panels were fitted over the weekend, completing five years of work that cost a total of $180 million. Its 500-meter width – the size of 30 soccer fields - makes it nearly twice the size of Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory, and it will be ten times more sensitive than the steerable 100-meter telescope in Germany.

    The Chinese media reports that over 9000 residents living within a 5km distance of the telescope were relocated to nearby settlements to ensure there’ll be no magnetic interference. Each person will reportedly be paid 12,000 yuan (around $1838) – about an average year’s wage in the area - with extra money going to those from ethnic minorities.

    In its first two or three years of operation, FAST will undergo further adjustment, during which time it will be used for early-stage research. Once this is complete, its functions will be opened up to scientists from across the world.

    In addition to searching for aliens, FAST will be used for surveying natural hydrogen in distant galaxies, and to detect faint pulsars and gravitational waves.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,664   +1,949

    So the first aliens to visit us will be speaking Chinese.


    If it goes bust, they can rent it to a telecom company as a broadband dish. It will be a fast one.
    PoisonHeadcrab and wastedkill like this.
  3. mcborge

    mcborge TS Guru Posts: 426   +278

    That's no telescope... it's a panda trap... once they fall into the dish they cant get out... that's one hell of piece of kit though.
    Reehahs, wastedkill and stewi0001 like this.
  4. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,870   +1,290

    I sure hope they don't announce the discovery of E.T. via social media - we'll never even know about it.
    wastedkill likes this.
  5. mosu

    mosu TS Guru Posts: 474   +84

    Nobody seems to care but it's a radio-telescope not an optical one.
  6. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,334   +1,978

    Well, it is an impressive achievement, but pails when you consider how many starving Chinese could have been fed with all that money.
    wastedkill likes this.
  7. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,664   +1,949

    Enough to align the dish by hand, and they will, to make a living.
    wastedkill likes this.
  8. shooi dan tom

    shooi dan tom TS Rookie

    We have sent starving Chinese to Europe and US.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,975   +2,527

    This is something we here in the USA used to do, way back when we had more money than brains...*nerd*(y)
    namesrejected likes this.
  10. namesrejected

    namesrejected TS Guru Posts: 398   +299

    BWA HA HA!!! You think we have brains now? How bad was it back then?
  11. namesrejected

    namesrejected TS Guru Posts: 398   +299

    DoH! China! You don't have to look to the stars for signs of ET. Just look at social media, clearly, some of the "people" there are not...."people".
  12. atcapistrano

    atcapistrano TS Member Posts: 30

    Meanwhile, china already completed its spy network to steal IP rights. ;)
  13. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 603   +64

    No. We have no money...

    Am I the only one who just sees a Battlefield 4 map?
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,975   +2,527

    We'll know there's aliens in the galaxy when they blow up the White House.

    Uh, huh, I saw it in the documentary film, "Independence Day".
    namesrejected likes this.
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,975   +2,527

    No, I see a plot of land where Foxconn could have built another iPhone factory. Thereby shi**ing up American society with the damned things, more than it already has been.
  16. ManuelV

    ManuelV TS Booster Posts: 101   +42

  17. namesrejected

    namesrejected TS Guru Posts: 398   +299

    Hmmm.... I wonder if our military gets its ammo from China.

    " Seize fire! Seize fire! Yall haven't shipped us more crappy ammo that jams the guns you sent us "
  18. namesrejected

    namesrejected TS Guru Posts: 398   +299

    I think we are all wrong on what China is actually building. It looks like a giant wok to me, maybe they are going to feed all the starving people of the world.
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  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,975   +2,527

    Well one thing's for sure, the takeout will be cold as ice if it's got to come all the way from there...:oops:

    Oddly, I thought the "wok", was a Japanese thing. Jus' shows ta go ya, how culturally stunted the failing American school system has left us! (Er, I mean me. Sorry).
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  20. namesrejected

    namesrejected TS Guru Posts: 398   +299

    *nerd* I was top of my class too! *nerd*

    Maybe the Chinese chose to make a wok because they have always been such good friends with the Japanese ;)
  21. The wok is Chinese, man did no one here ever watch "Wok with Yan" on TV? It was on the CBC tho.......
  22. DAOWAce

    DAOWAce TS Booster Posts: 268   +39

    Can't tell if you're making a pun or spelled cease wrong.
  23. Jack007

    Jack007 TS Booster Posts: 181   +42

    With this array I would definately get to find out whats out there. aliens do exist but they are too far away or maybe they just avoiding us
  24. PrimateGod

    PrimateGod TS Rookie

    That tele-ear won't be finished until it's painted yellow with a smiley face and 2 big teeth

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