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Aperture Spherical Telescope

‘Thank the aliens’: Thousands displaced for China’s huge telescope

BEIJING: Humanity’s best bet at detecting aliens is a giant silver Chinese dish the size of 30 football fields -- one that simultaneously showcases Beijing's abilities to deploy cutting-edge technologies and ignore objectors' rights as it seeks global prominence. The Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) in the country's southwest, which was launched in September and cost 1.2 billion yuan ($180 million) to build, is the world’s largest radio telescope. Once fully operational, FAST will be able to…