FlyOverChina | China's gigantic telescope detects over 900 new pulsars-Xinhua

FlyOverChina | China's gigantic telescope detects over 900 new pulsars

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2024-04-17 19:34:32

GUIYANG, April 17 (Xinhua) -- China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), the world's largest single-dish radio telescope, has identified more than 900 new pulsars since its launch in 2016.

The number of new pulsars discovered by FAST is more than three times the total number of pulsars found by foreign telescopes during the same period, Han Jinlin, a scientist with the National Astronomical Observatories under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC), said on Wednesday.

One of the important implications of the research on pulsars is to provide cosmic coordinates for possible future interstellar travel, Han noted.

FAST started formal operations in January 2020 and was officially opened to the world in March 2021. The telescope provides astronomers around the globe with a powerful tool to uncover the mysteries and evolution of the universe, said Jiang Peng, chief engineer of the FAST.


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