International scientists expect astronomical breakthroughs with FAST Beijing.

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An international team of astronomers are making observation plans for the 500m Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope FAST, by far the largest telescope ever built, expecting discoveries to change human understanding of the universe.
The telescope, located in a naturally deep and round karst depression in southwest China’s Guizhou Province, was completed in September 2016, and is now under commissioning, with normal operation to commence later in 2019, according to the National Astronomical Observatories of China NAOC.
During testing and early science operation, FAST has started making astronomical discoveries, particularly pulsars of various kinds, including millisecond pulsars, binaries and gamma-ray pulsars, said Li Di, chief scientist of the Radio Astronomy Division of NAOC, reports Qatar news agency.


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