China has almost finished building the world’s largest radio telescope (FAST) and will soon start the test operation phase. FAST will be hooked up to one of the world’s fastest computers for astronomical calculations, Sky Eye 1, to search for alien life and investigate dark matter.
The five-hundred-meter aperture spherical telescope, with a dish larger than 30 football fields, began construction in March 2011 in a natural, bowl-shaped valley in the southern part of southern China’s Guizhou Province.
With its super brain, the high-performance computer Sky Eye 1, which is capable of a quadrillion computing operations per second (a quadrillion is a thousand raised to the power of five), FAST will be able to “see” a radio signal coming as far as tens of billions of light years away. That means extending China’s space tracking scope from the moon’s orbit to the outside edge of the solar system.
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