The world's largest single aperture radio telescope, the 500 meter spherical radio telescope (fast), known as "China's heavenly eye", will be officially opened to the world on April 1 to accept applications from global scientists.
According to domestic media reports, on March 27, Li Di, chief scientist of fast and researcher of the National Astronomical Observatory, said at the Shanghai Science Popularization forum held by the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, "our main goal is to make all human beings see further, and the opening of China's heavenly eye is inevitable."
Li Di said that the ultimate goal of fast is to change human's view of the universe. Around its five established scientific goals, and research including rapid radio bursts and radio detection of exoplanets, its attempt may have just begun.
"Both the achievements of Arecibo and the initial efforts of fast represent our brilliant hope." Li Di said.
On December 1, last year, the Arecibo radio telescope collapsed in the United States. Now the only one doing similar research in the world is China's 500 meter spherical radio telescope fast, which is more sensitive than Arecibo.
According to the data, the concept of fast was put forward by the late astronomer Nan Rendong in 1994. It took 22 years to complete and was put into operation on September 25, 2016, entering the commissioning period. On January 11, 2020, fast passed the national acceptance and officially opened for operation.
With China's independent intellectual property rights, fast is the world's largest single aperture and most sensitive radio telescope.
Since its completion in 2016, fast has discovered more than 240 pulsars in four years. In the 50 years since the discovery of the first pulsar in 1967, only 2700 pulsars have been discovered.