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China’s world largest radio telescope, FAST, opens to global scientists to aid research

Observations will begin in August.
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The world’s largest radio telescope, FAST (Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope), has opened its door to global scientists.

The radio telescope is located in Guizhou, China. It has been accepting applications from astronomers for observation use since 31 March 2021.

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The main purpose of the radio telescope is used to observe celestial body, China has also been using it identify & locate neutron stars for the use of mapping the universe, similar the concept of latitude & longitude in GPS mapping.

FAST is 500 meters in diameter, replacing Arecibo Observatory (with 305 meters diameter) as the largest radio telescope in the world in 2011.

Global applications to China’s National Astronomical Observatories under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) for observation will be evaluated and results will be announced in July. Observations will begin in August.

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