China is all set to use its largest telescope Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) for listening to small frequencies coming from alien life. Russian billionaire Yuri Milner has partnered with the National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC) in a Breakthrough Listen initiative worth $100 million.
Fast is world’s largest telescope and it will be the one of the most powerful equipment to search for alien life that might try to contact people on Earth. The telescope is so powerful that it can capture even weakest of the signal which no other present day telescope has potential to capture. According to NOAC, Fast is at least ten times more powerful than any other telescope in world.
FAST “will be one of the most powerful instruments to search for the potential intelligent life beyond Earth,” Jun Yan, director general of NAOC, said in a statement, calling FAST the world’s largest single instrument.
“The FAST telescope is a remarkable instrument with unprecedented power,” Pete Worden, executive director of the Breakthrough Initiatives program, said in a statement. “We are delighted to be collaborating with NAOC.”
FAST is nicknamed as Tianyan which means Heavenly Eye. The telescope with 500-meter wide dish is located in Pingtang Country, Guizhou Province, southwest China. The telescope has unique design and uses active surface for pointing and focusing, rather than only correcting residual errors, and suspending the receiver on a computer-controlled winch system without any rigid connection to the primary. Construction of FAST started back in 2011 and it took nearly five years to complete the telescope. At present, it is under testing phase to check any minor defect and tune the telescope.
Scientists community all around the globe has appreciated the partnership as it will boost the alien search program and who knows we might find evidence of aliens one day and that will be the biggest discovery by humans till date.