China has just released a huge radio telescope that will hunt aliens in space, or at least try to contact other worlds and find out if there is life on other planets.
China, after three years of testing, has just opened its gigantic 500 m opening spherical radio telescope around the world, and we are talking about the most stratospheric and giant single plate telescope that exists on the face of the earth, and that is a lot to say.
In front of what was the largest single-plate telescope, the one in the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, this new Chinese telescope will scan twice as much sky, which is a great breakthrough given that multiply possibilities of finding life on other planets.
This radio telescope to hunt aliens will be able to detect even the weakest radio waves that come from celestial objects such as pulsars and entire galaxies, it could even be used to discover worlds that are far away and that are alive.
This space radio telescope is located in southwest China, in a fairly remote place where there is virtually no life. This is because they consider that in an area of these characteristics, a radio telescope of this magnitude can be better preserved, being only within reach of astronomers.
It has taken the engineers five years to build this 500 m spherical radio telescope, which has about 4,400 aluminum panels covering it.
During his tests, he was able to detect more than 100 pulsars, which is a significant advance in view of the fact that NASA up to that date had only managed to locate 2,000 pulsars.
In addition to the pulsars, this radio telescope has also been able to detect hundreds of rapid bursts of radio from a single known source, which other radio telescopes have failed to capture.
Another of its peculiarities is that it could end up detecting distant exoplanets only because of its radio broadcasts, something that until now has not been possible with other types of similar radio telescopes.