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.
Scientists told local residents that the telescope can reach aliens in outer space. It will reach outside the solar system
It will allow scientists to get weaker radio signals from outer space, even further than our solar system
Scientists from different fields, including physicists, geologists and astronomers, welcomed the construction of the new telescope as it will boost the human capacity to observe outer space.
Chen Xuelei, a physicists said that the data can help prove Einstein’s relativity theory once more data of gravitational waves can be retrieved from the telescope.