Have you watched Star wars or Guardians of the Galaxy?
Human beings have always been obsessed with alien life. Movies have emerged which depict us interacting with aliens in varied ways. In some, aliens are our worst fears. They are weird creatures, determined to extinguish us from the face of the earth. In others, there are various alien communities in the Galaxy – some fighting against us while others working to keep us some.
China has taken this obsession into reality by building a device that will assist search for alien life. the country has built a telescope… not just a normal telescope but a GIANT TELESCOPE and the scientists are very excited about this.
The Giant Telescope
Covering 500 metres wide – which is equivalent to the size of 30 football fields combined – the telescope has the ability to trap radio signals. This will be used as a potential sign of life in distant planets.
Douglas Vakoch, president of METI International, said that “China’s latest telescope will be able to look faster and further than past searches for extraterrestrial intelligence.” His organization has been charged with the responsibility of detecting alien intelligence.
The giant telescope has been codenamed FAST – Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope and is located in the mountainous landscape of southwest China.
When a telescope opens its eyes for the first time to take its first pictures of the universe, the scientists call the process “first light.”
And indeed FAST has such huge eyes. He has a wider vision than any other telescope on the planet.
Top Four Telescope on Earth
FAST – China
Arecibo – Puerto Rico
Green Bank – United States
Jodrell Bank – United Kingdom
FAST has been placed in an egg-shaped valley, with mountains on the side to keep off any interference from stray radio frequencies. The scientists took exactly 10 years to survey for the right home for the telescope. More than 400 places were shortlisted after which this was picked on as the best home.
The Green Water Village once called this place their home, surviving with no electricity. They were composed of 65 villages. These are among the 9,110 uprooted by authorities so as to better the listening capabilities of FAST.
One villager, Yang Chaolan told a Chinese news agency that she never thought his first relocation would see him create room for a telescope. Her son has already seen business opportunity in this and has plans to open a restaurant. His hopes lie in the possibility of tourists flocking the area after such an invention.
The telescope is expected to shed light on the origins of the universe by mapping the distribution of hydrogen, the most abundant element in our galaxy and beyond.
“Because of FAST’s incredible sensitivity, it will be able to chart the hydrogen distribution even in far flung galaxies,” says Vakoch.
Scientists will also be able to use FAST in detecting cosmic clocks – rotating stars. With such knowledge, they may as well get the ability to detect gravitational waves that will in turn reveal the evolution of galaxies.
Little Green Men
But what excites many people is the huge boost in the search of alien life. The stride towards getting alien life was recently supported by the discovery of three-friendly planets residing outside our solar system. This rekindled the push to get to the bottom of the alien life dilemma.
FAST has the ability to detect exoplanets in a manner that other telescopes are not able. Therefore, its potential to discover alien civilization has been boosted five to ten times than its predecessors.