China operationalised the world's largest radio telescope, FAST

FAST is 2.5 times as sensitive as the second-largest telescope in the world. It is capable of receiving a maximum of 38 gigabytes (GB) of information per second.
Arjun Manjunadha

Updated: Jan 14,2020 05:44:21 pm

China operationalised the world's largest radio telescope, FAST

14 January 2020 Current Affairs:China operationalized the world's largest radio telescope in southwest China’s Guiyang city, the capital of Guizhou province. The FAST telescope is was launched after three years of trial operation.

FAST telescope:
♦ The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) telescope is with a diameter of half-a-kilometer. It is dubbed as China Sky Eye. 
♦ The device is expected to make major scientific discoveries.
♦ FAST is 2.5 times as sensitive as the second-largest telescope in the world.
♦ It is capable of receiving a maximum of 38 gigabytes (GB) of information per second.
♦ The receiving area of the telescope is around 30 football fields.
♦ The cost of the telescope is around the US $170 million.
♦ The telescope includes a 5 km radius as the core zone, 5 km to 10 km radius as the intermediate zone and a peripheral zone that covers 10 km to 30 km in radius.
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