Largest radio telescope in Asia to be built in Xinjiang

16:54, April 30, 2010      

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A radio telescope with a diameter of 80 meters will be constructed in the south of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, and it will be the biggest radio telescope in Asia and the third largest in the world, according to a report from Urumqi Online.

The radio telescope will mainly be used for observing special pulsars and stars in distant space, said officials from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the National Astronomical Observatory.

At the same time, it is also important for Chinese research in astrophysics, aerospace technology and other areas. The radio telescope is very sensitive and can be used to observe a broader scope. It is called a radio telescope because a radio antenna is used to observe radio waves emitted by astronomical sources.

The special geographical location and excellent radio station sites in Xinjiang have unique advantages for the construction and operation of large diameter telescopes. Therefore, Xinjiang will make full use of its advantages, develop the key technologies needed for the project, complete the project as planned and will strive to make this platform an internationally renowned science research center.

Currently, the site selection of the project is coming to a close, and the final selection will be based on the actual conditions. After which, one of the three sites in the south of Xinjiang will be selected to build the 80-meter radio telescope.

By People'sDaily Online

(Editor:张茜)

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