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The largest telescope in the world will look for alien life formsIt took 5 years and hundreds of billions of dollars for China to build the world's largest radio telescope. The telescope will search for alien life forms as well as pulsars, small stars that have interested astronomers for ages.
The world's largest radio telescope began to search for alien life forms. The 138 billion dollar telescope started working today (Sunday) in China after 5 years of construction.
The telescope will also search for distant pulsars. A pulsar is a tiny neutron celestial that swerves extremely fast. These celestial bodies are estimated to be a side effect of a super nova, a huge explosion that occurs when a star reaches the end of its life-cycle.
"The telescope could lead to discoveries beyond our wildest imagination," said astronomer Douglas Vakoch. Qian Lei, a researcher with the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences added: "The ultimate goal is to discover the laws of the development of the universe."
The Chinese space agency reported that the satellite dish that will communicate with the telescope was placed far from a large city on purpose. Small towns around the site have been evacuated and it has been reported that the residents will be compensated from a budget of 210 billion dollars, more than the entire cost of the project.
According to Chinese media, the telescope is part of an ambitious space program aimed at establishing a permanent Chinese space station by 2020.
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