Just for a second, think how big is the universe. Literally there are millions and millions of galaxies and we are a part of only one of those. So is it possible that we, humans, are alone in this universe? Or there are people or aliens out there residing in galaxies far and far away for us.
To answer such questions, China is all set to begin its hunt fr alien life from September. For the same, China has built a Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST, according to state media Science and Technology Daily.
The telescope, which looks like a bowl, is tucked at an aesthetic location and was showcased to the world in January. Thereafter, it has been going through some upgrades that will help it reduce interference and boost its search capabilities.
As per reports, besides finding the presence of life in the universe, the telescope will also help to study other things ncluding black holes, gas clouds, pulsars and other distant galaxies.
The telescope is around 500 metres in diameter. Once functional, it will take over radio telescope in the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, as the world’s largest radio telescope.
It was first proposed in the year 1994 with the funding getting approved sometime in 2007. The entire cost for building this monstrosity was around $270 million.
As many as 9,000 people were relocated to build the same and a village of 65 people was also uprooted. The telescope stands in Pingtang County in the southwestern province of Guizhou.