China starts building world’s biggest radio telescope

Construction workers in China are in the middle of installing the world’s largest radio telescope in a remote southwestern region of the country.

The dish-like telescope is as large as thirty football fields. It is positioned in the Pingtang County of Guizhou Province. After more than five years of building, the telescope is now taking shape with the round edge made out of five-thousand six-hundred tons of steel beams. Workers are now installing six feed towers that are almost one-hundred and seventy meters-high. The towers will support the feed cabin over the telescope’s reflective panels. The gigantic telescope is expected to help astronomers and scientists discover more secrets of the universe. The project is due to complete in 2016.


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