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China’s Five-Hundred-Meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) has officially reached operational status.

The world’s largest single-dish radio telescope is located in a naturally deep and round depression in southwestern China’s Guizhou Province. It is about 2.5 times more sensitive than the second-largest telescope in the world.

Pulsars, fast radio bursts

In a China Global Television Network (CGTN) report, the “China Sky Eye” has passed its national acceptance test, authorities said on Saturday.

Using FAST, 102 pulsars have been discovered, more than the total number of pulsars discovered by research teams in Europe and the United States during the same period of over two years, CGTN explains.

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Additionally, Chinese astronomers have detected repeated fast radio bursts (FRB), according to researchers at the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

From late August to the beginning of September in 2019, more than 100 bursts were detected from FRB 121102, one of the known sources of such phenomena. This is the highest number of bursts ever detected, CGTN reports.

Go to this informative video regarding China’s FAST at:

https://youtu.be/_zLbpufkKDQ

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