FAST telescope IDs 132 pulsar candidates


Located in a naturally deep and round karst depression in Pingtang county, Guizhou province, FAST is both mysterious and beautiful. (Photo by Yuan Weisheng/for


The 500-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST, China's mega science project and the world's largest single-dish radio observatory, has detected hundreds of pulsar candidates, of which 132 have been certified, People's Daily reported on August 5.

Located in Pingtang county, Guizhou province, FAST, which took 22 years to build, was completed in September 2016 and started making regular observations in January this year.


FAST, photographed at night, has an eerie quality. (Photo by Ceng Longwu/for


In April, FAST discovered a new fast radio burst, or FRB, mysterious signals believed to be from the distant universe. FRBs are the brightest bursts known in the universe, the report said. They are called fast because the blips are of very short duration, only several milliseconds. There is no scientific explanation for their origin as yet.
The radio bursts come from the depths of the universe and originated 8.5 billion years ago, experts said.



The 500-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST, in Pingtang county, Guizhou province, is the world’s largest radio telescope. (Photo by Yang Qingliang/for


In May, FAST announced the results of test observations used in searching for extraterrestrial intelligence.

Che Weiwei in Guiyang contributed to this story.(China Daily)

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