It’s been no secret that governments around the world have been looking for other life amongst the stars for the longest time. With sighting after sighting it’s hard to deny that there are some weird things out in that vast unknown of stars. Satellites and messages sent out into the void only go so far and have yet to provide anything of actual, indisputable substance. That’s not stopping the Chinese government though who have begun making waves with their own massive project to locate alien life in the cosmos. With the help of $185 million they’ve crafted the world’s largest radio telescope in their pursuit.
The massive structure, a 500-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, the size of over 30 soccer fields, was started back in 2011 with the last of the 4,450 triangular panels being installed recently. A true testament to China’s dedication to astronomy allows them to listen for radio waves over 1,000 light years away! In the field of astronomy, the bigger is better, giving them a larger “ear” to listen to everything fluttering around in the final frontier.
“The telescope is of great significance for humans to explore the universe and extraterrestrial civilizations,” said Hugo Award-winner Liu Cixin. (http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0704/China-makes-big-statement-with-huge-alien-hunting-telescope) “I hope scientists can make epoch-making discoveries.”
What this allows scientists to do is listen in on and find celestial objects that naturally emit radio waves such as black holes and quasars. The hope of the dish is even double the number of pulsars that have already been detected to date, over 2,500. With rationality aside, the real hope of the telescope is to find sources of unnatural radio waves, alien tech. Since most of human technology emits radio waves searching the universe for other sources has been the most common venue of searching for what we would classify as “intelligent” life. Speaking of intelligent, writing this reminds me I need to go to Dr. Owen’s office (http://healthybackchiropractic) pretty soon…but I digress…
Beyond the amazing feat of constructing such a powerful piece of tech, the requirements to use it were also staggering with all families within a 3.1-mile radius, roughly around 9,000 people, having to be relocated solely to keep everyday technology like cell-phones from interfering with the dish. Actually, humanity has been sending out radio waves (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax7dYaRiY6o) into space for almost a full century, because of the fact that the atmosphere doesn’t hold them back so when a piece of tech sends some out they bounce around and then fly off into space. Scientists have said that if there was an extraterrestrial civilization within 1,000 light years looking for other life forms the way we have been then they would be able to pick up on our radio waves the exact way we’re hoping to. CCTV has stated that the dish is planned to be fully operational this September.
To check out more on the radio telescope you can watch a video on it right here.(https://youtu.be/P8p0VTuOZSg)