World’s Biggest Radio Telescope : Image Credits : Daily Mail

World’s Biggest Radio Telescope : Image Credits : Daily Mail

According to Daily Mail, 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, as reported:

The Scientists of China have built the 500-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope – or FAST for short – will be able to pick up weak or faint signals from outer space more effectively than any other telescope.
The dish is going to be the size of around 30 football pitches.

Chief scientist of the FAST project, Nan Rendong said: ‘A radio telescope is like a sensitive ear, listening to tell the meaningful radio messages from white noise in the universe.’

Once the structure is complete in 2016 as expected, FAST will dwarf the plant’s current largest telescope, Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory, which is 300 metres in diameter.
FAST has been intentionally placed in a remote rural location to reduce interference.

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