China launches ‘Sky Eye’ telescope to hunt for life in space

The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) is the world’s largest single-dish telescope; it is situated in China’s Guizhou Province.

On Saturday 11 January, China officially opened operations of the world’s largest radio telescope. The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope – or FAST – will be used to conduct space research.

The telescope, which is the size of approximately 30 football fields and known as China’s ‘Sky Eye’, will help in the hunt for extraterrestrial life, according to the Xinhua news agency.

FAST: Here’s what you need to know