China plans to open its Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope

China plans to open its Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope, to global scientists starting April 1, said the National Astronomical Observatories (NAO). ChinaTech

The observatory, which began full operations in January 2020 after passing a series of technical and performance assessments, has the highest sensitivity to detect cosmic phenomena.

FAST has immense potential to detect fast radio bursts and gravitational waves, providing data support for research into the physical process of the Big Bang, according to experts at the NAO.