China's Alien-Hunting Telescope is ready

China on Sunday placed the last piece into position, on what is world’s largest radio telescope, as big as 30 football fields.

This is the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST, in the southern Chinese province of Guizhou.



Image credit Xinhua/Liu Xu

Astronomers will now start trials of the telescope, which will be used in the hunt for extraterrestrial life.

Liu Cixin, a renowned science fiction writer, at the site, said:

“The telescope is of great significance for humans to explore the universe and extraterrestrial civilizations.”



“I hope scientists can make epoch-making discoveries.”

Zheng said the radio telescope will be the global leader for the next 10 to 20 years.

source xinhuanet