World’s largest radio telescope built in China

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Largest Radio TelescopeThe largest radio telescope in the world christened ‘Tianyan’ (The Eye of Heaven) was officially inaugurated on September 25. The telescope was built with an expenditure of $180 million and 8,000 people were displaced to create the three-mile radius radio silence around the facility. The telescope is located in Pingtang County in Guizhou Province in Southwest China. The telescope will be used to study stellar radio emissions, gravitational waves and signals from extraterrestrial civilizations. It is made with 4,450 panels and has reflector as large as 30 football pitches. It has 500 meters diameter and it gives more sensitivity. SkyEye-1, China’s best supercomputer, will be used to process the massive amounts of data supplied by the telescope.