China is building the world’s largest radio telescope.
The massive dish, when completed in the mountains of Guizhou Province, will be the size of 30 football pitches.
Now, assembly work at the 500-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, also known as FAST, has come to the final stage.
WANG QIMING, Scientist of FAST project
“Nearly 80 percent of the reflecting units have been assembled. In May we’ll be able to put together gadgets at the center. We are expecting that the telescope would be ready for testing in June.”
The radio telescope is expected to be completed in September.
Researchers say it will be able to detect radio signals, and potentially, signs of life, from the universe, some as far as tens of billions of light years away.