China's "Alien Hunting Telescope" Is Making Some Amazing Discoveries
Powerful stargazer with controversial history strikes astronomical gold in first year.
The ambitious Chinese Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) telescope has detected two incredible stellar objects, in its first year of operation.
These objects, known as pulsars, rotate at astonishing speeds and release huge amounts of radiation. Staff at the observatory hosting the telescope believe that spotting pulsars in the first year of a telescope's life is an impressive feat.
These discoveries have spurred FAST astronomers to seek even more impressive discoveries, including intergalactic objects and the ultimate sighting--alien life.
The telescope is a one-of-a-kind edifice that has generated controversy.
At around 1,600 feet in diameter, it is the biggest telescope of its kind in the world. In addition, it comprises almost 4,500 triangular panels with sides of 36 feet.
Furthermore, it has the sensitivity to be able to spot someone using a cellphone on the moon.
Due to its immense size and ability to look deep into space, it has been also called the Heavenly Eye.
However, its construction has adversely affected local residents.
In order to function optimally, the telescope required an unpopulated area around it. As a result, more than 9000 people within a three-mile radius were relocated. This, in turn, led to lawsuits in which the affected families demanded compensation from the local authorities.
As a result, the cost of moving residents proved to be higher than the construction of the telescope itself.
As a result, the budget of $100 million that was originally projected for the building of FAST was eventually stretched to approximately $450 million.