China’s Fast Telescope

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In September 2016, China unveiled the world’s largest telescope – an instrument engineered so finely it is 3 times more sensitive than Arecibo and may help in the international search for understanding more on the origin of the universe and the Big Bang.

We have been working closely with the FAST team for several years as we received unprecendented documentary access to show its incredible construction and meet its creators.

A key mission for the telescope will be detecting pulsars, the matter that remains when a star eight times the size of the sun explodes. These pulsars rotate thousands of times per second and are the universe’s most accurate clock.

500 metres from side to side, the FAST telescope will peer further into space, and further back in time, than ever before.

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