160 million euros in China, the Radio-telescope “Almost” – nicknamed the “sky eye” – the cost, the performance should be the most powerful of its kind on the entire planet. The Name “Almost” stands for “Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope”. In terms of size, it exceeds the 300-Meter “Arecibo”Observatory in Puerto Rico.
it was Built in a deserted area in the very poor province of Guizhou. The reason for this is The telescope that looks like a giant bowl, not to have radiation reaches the people and their technology. As a result, the weak signals from the depths of the universe would be superimposed.
Phase of the calibration,
The construction was completed – which is typical for China in record time, in just five years, the telescope was completed in the Main. Still working on the fine adjustment of the telescope, in September of 2016, took “Almost”. The official opening is planned in September 2019.
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The mirror measures 520 feet in diameter.
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The biggest Problem Here is not only working in the seclusion. Beijing is currently building with generous terms, a large Community of astronomers. These projects should also be journalistically exploited. So the astronomy town Pingtang was in the neighborhood, from here tourists flock every day to the 520-metre telescope.
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in Spite of the imposed radio silence, the magazine “Wired” was able to observe that not even invited scientists to the phone-holding prohibition. Even those who know better, around took unabashedly.
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“Our sweet tour guide reminded us again and again because our phones off,” said the astronomer Sabrina bull, Walt the magazine, “but we have made all the photos and you get out of smuggling.”
Around the telescope was forced human resettlement, created a blank Zone, there is also a radio quiet zone, even air routes have been laid. However, the astronomy town Pingtang grows 15 kilometres away in breakneck speed. A scientist insured “Wired”, that five-storey building were pulled in just one day.
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The local government sees in the city an opportunity to promote the development of the Region. The city of astronomy is to be connected to the motorway network, the province is expected to be hundreds of thousands of visitors.
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The astronomer bull Walt asked irritated: “you Can’t build a prosperous astronomy city directly next to a telescope that bears it, if someone is using his phone or a microwave?” In the hotel there is Wi-Fi and mobile phone reception and, thus, radiation, which also demonstrate the telescope. The more the city grows, the greater the radiation waste. “The people in the visitor center use cameras, and we notice here the electromagnetic interference of it,” complained one of the scientists in November 2017. “During the day, it is much worse than at night.”
The city will not go away, now the researchers are trying to get creative with the rays-trash deal. The idea of a Special antenna to measure the interference accurately. These data then help, the terrestrial radiation waste from the signals from the universe in the calculation.
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