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China's FAST telescope to officially open to global astronomers

Updated: Mar 30,2021 09:26 PM    Xinhua
An engineer of China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) shows the website to submit applications for observations, Southwest China's Guizhou province, March 31, 2021. China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), the world's largest single-dish and most sensitive radio telescope, officially opened to the world starting from March 31. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), the world's largest single-dish and most sensitive radio telescope, will officially open to the world starting from March 31.

Photo taken on March 30, 2021 shows China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) under maintenance at night in Southwest China's Guizhou province. [Photo/Xinhua]

Astronomers worldwide can visit http://fast.bao.ac.cn/proposal_submit to submit their applications for observations, said the National Astronomical Observatories under the Chinese Academy of Sciences in a statement.

All foreign applications will be evaluated, and the results will be announced on July 20. Observations by international users will begin in August.

The statement noted that FAST will provide its research facilities to the world with a more open attitude, offering more observation options for the international astronomical community.

A staff member maintains devices of China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) at a machine room in Southwest China's Guizhou province, March 30, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

The project will contribute Chinese wisdom to the construction of a community with a shared future for humanity, and strive to promote international sci-tech development and the progress of human civilization, said the statement.

Since it started operation, FAST has provided stable and reliable services. It has found 300 pulsars and made breakthroughs in fields like fast radio bursts, a type of powerful radio wave in the sky.

Staff members maintain devices of China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) at a machine room in Southwest China's Guizhou province, March 30, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]
Photo taken on March 30, 2021 shows China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) under maintenance at night in Southwest China's Guizhou province. [Photo/Xinhua]
Photo taken on March 29, 2021 shows China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) under maintenance at night in Southwest China's Guizhou province. [Photo/Xinhua]

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