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China began to build the world’s largest telescope

China began to build the world’s largest telescope FAST

Assembly of the telescope is up in the mountains in Guizhou province in southwest China.

the world’s largest telescope FAST / news.cn

Chinese engineers started assembling the world’s largest telescope FAST, which equals 30 football pitches.

About this report RIA Novosti with linksOh, the Xinhua news Agency.

“Technology has started to build a reflector telescope with a diameter of 500 meters, which consists of 4450 panels. Each panel is an equilateral triangle, each side of which is equal to 11 meters”, — stated in the message of Agency.

Assembly of the telescope is up in the mountains in Guizhou province in southwest China.

“There are three hills, which are located within 500 metres from each other and create the perfect spot for the telescope “, — quotes Agency the chief engineer of the telescope sun Zaihua, which explained the choice of location of a device. In addition, within a radius of five kilometers from the telescope there is no city.

A huge plate suspended above the ground and is supported by cables and thousands of supporting pillars. To see the entire telescope, you must climb to the top of a hill. At present the construction of a viewing platform on top of a hill, which will be open to visitors.

The perimeter of the telescope is equal to 1.6 kilometers, in order to circumvent this will take about 40 minutes.

The new telescope is not just big, but also very sensitive. Panel plates can move and receive signals from different points.

“The bar can change its position via a bonding wire. We can control their position with an accuracy of one millimeter,” — said the chief engineer of the prefabricated parts of the telescope Zheng Wangpan.

After the Chinese engineers will fully assemble the telescope it will surpass in size the largest at the moment the telescope in Puerto Rico, with a diameter of 300 meters. The construction of the telescope will be completed next year.

It is expected that the new telescope will help to “significantly” increase the opportunities of China on the exploration of outer space.

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