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World's largest radio telescope to help uncover mysteries of early universe
   2016-07-01 18:15:02    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guo Jing

Photo taken on June 27, 2016 shows the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or "FAST," at sunset in Pingtang County, southwest China's Guizhou Province. Construction of the world's largest telescope FAST started in March 2011. The telescope will be used to detect and collect signals and data from the universe. [Photo: Xinhua/Liu Xu]

Scientists across the world say they have high expectations for China's 500-meter aperture spherical telescope, or FAST, which is now entering its final stages of construction in the southwestern province of Guizhou.

The world's largest single-dish telescope is about to undergo rigorous testing before going into official use.

Once fully operational it will also contribute to the SKA - Square Kilometer Array - Project, which brings together teams from ten member countries, with the aim of answering the fundamental questions about the origins and evolution of the Universe.

Philip Diamond, director of the SKA Organization, believes that FAST will make a vital contribution to the project as a whole.

It's the largest single radio telescope on the planet and me, myself, and many scientists around the world are really looking forward to our first beginning observations, beginning to observe different objects in the universe. It will see signals all the way back to the Big Bang, to the start, almost to the Big Bang, close to the start of the entire universe. It will uncover things that we've never seen before."

Technology from the Chinese telescope is being applied to SKA antennas currently under construction in Australia and South Africa.

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