China’s FAST radio telescope officially opens to astronomers around the world
World’s largest single-dish radio telescope hunts for mysterious radio waves in the universe
China’s massive Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) is now formally in operation and open to astronomers around the world.
FAST, or “Sky Eye” as dubbed by Chinese authorities, first opened to domestic astronomers in April last year. The size of the telescope is equal to that of 30 football fields, and it’s 2.5 times more sensitive than Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory, the world’s second-largest single-dish radio telescope, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences.