World’s largest telescope poised for trials in China

FPJ BureauUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 02:26 PM IST
article-image

Beijing: The world’s largest telescope built in China, having a reflector of the size of 30 football fields, is poised for a trial-run as installation work has been completed after the last of 4,450 panels was fitted into the centre of the big dish.

 Hoisting the last triangular panel to the reflector lasted about 40 minutes.

It was a landmark step for the telescope’s planned launch of operations in September, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

About 300 people, including builders, experts, science fiction enthusiasts and reporters, witnessed the installation at a karst valley in Pingtang County in the southwestern province of Guizhou. Scientists will then begin debugging and trial observation of the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), said Zheng Xiaonian, deputy head of the National Astronomical Observation under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, which built the telescope.

The telescope which is aimed at observing deep space was stated to be most visible project of China’s plans to transform into high-tech nation focussing on research in advanced science and technology moving away from cheap manufacturing.

(To receive our E-paper on whatsapp daily, please click here. To receive it on Telegram, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

RECENT STORIES

Mumbai: Thieves dress as delivery men, rob senior citizen of Rs 1.87 lakh in Malad

Mumbai: Thieves dress as delivery men, rob senior citizen of Rs 1.87 lakh in Malad

From 'Samrat Prithviraj' to 'Jugjugg Jeeyo', upcoming movies to watch in June 2022

From 'Samrat Prithviraj' to 'Jugjugg Jeeyo', upcoming movies to watch in June 2022

India reports 2,828 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths in last 24 hours

India reports 2,828 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths in last 24 hours

Navi Mumbai: Nerul block Congress Committee hold meeting on party’s internal election

Navi Mumbai: Nerul block Congress Committee hold meeting on party’s internal election

Navi Mumbai: NMMC’s Garden department finds 141 trees dangerous

Navi Mumbai: NMMC’s Garden department finds 141 trees dangerous