China is building the world’s largest radio telescope

telescopeAre we alone in the universe? A massive new project in China aims to find out. The five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) in Pingtang County, China is under construction and it will soon be listening for radio signals from planets solar systems across the far reaches of the universe. Radio signals could mean signs of other life in the vastness of space.

When it’s completed in September 2016, this giant antenna will be the size of about 30 soccer fields.

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