Chinese authorities in September will launch the largest telescope in the world. He, among other things, will look for UFOs and study the formation of galaxies.
The Chinese government said they will begin their search for extraterrestrial life in September. Especially for this, they will launch the new FAST telescope (Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope – “Spherical radio telescope with a five hundred meter aperture”). The state-owned information publication Science and Technology Daily reports that the device was already used in a limited mode in January, but later decided to upgrade it. Scientists claim that they were able to eliminate additional interference that will help in the search for potential UFOs.
The diameter of FAST is about 500 m. At the same time, the device can focus only on the space segment of 300 m. The country’s authorities spent more than $ 185 million on it, while the amount of recent improvements was not disclosed. In addition to the search for extraterrestrial life, the device will help scientists study the formation and evolution of galaxies, dark matter, and explore the era of reionization, when there was a global change in the state of gas in space.
Zhang Tongjie, FAST Laboratory Chief Scientist, emphasized that the search for extraterrestrial life will not interrupt regular scientific research. He added that researchers do not have high hopes in this direction. Despite the presence of “radio signals of interest from the point of view of science,” according to Zhang, they do not assume that these are messages from extraterrestrial civilizations. Their theory is that signals come from pulsars or other random radio bursts. However, FAST will be able to quickly intercept and send to the study and “other signals”.
The researchers also added that during the test launch of the telescope, they already found 102 new pulsars, and this is more than the astronomers of the United States and Europe discovered together over the same period. According to their measurements, FAST is about 2.5 times more sensitive than similar devices – for example, the Arecibo Observatory telescope.