The largest radio telescope in the world will be built in China in order to look for evidence of extraterrestrial life, according to

In search of extraterrestrial life

China has placed the last piece on what will be the largest radio telescope in the world, which is going to be used for #Space exploration, but also for hunting aliens. So, the big radio telescope Arecibo from Puerto Rico already has a successor in search of intelligent signals from the Universe.

The last piece of the largest telescope in the world -- which will be looking for extraterrestrial life -- was placed this Sunday. The telescope is named FAST (Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope) and was built by the Chinese Academy of Sciences from Guizhou Province. It is located on a mountain from a poor village from the southwestern province Guizhou. Researchers will begin to test the telescope.

The alien hunter will be the biggest in the world

The FAST telescope has a diameter of 500 meters, almost double the diameter of the Arecibo, according to the Spanish daily newspaper ABC. This diameter is equivalent to 30 football fields. According to Zheng Xiaonian, the director of the National Astronomical Observatory there is big potential to find and study the most unusual objects within the project, to better understand the origin of the Universe and to boost the global search for extraterrestrial life.

Costs of 180 million Euro

FAST, which will cost almost 180 million Euro, will be the most powerful and efficient technology in its category for many decades.

The telescope will become operational in September

This telescope -- in the construction of which was invested over five years of work -- will become operational in September this year, according to Zheng Xiaonian. FAST is part of the Chinese space program, a priority for Beijing. This program wants China to become the world's most advanced space power. This ambitious program also aims to put a person on the moon before the year 2036 and to manage to put the first person on Mars. #Science