26 Sep '16, 2pm

World's largest radio telescope switches on to scan the heavens and "look for E.T."

Although it’s fun to discuss FAST’s potential ability to probe for extraterrestrial life , listening in on alien conversations isn’t China’s primary goal for the radio telescope. Scientists could utilize FAST to map the night sky and explore further than possible with smaller telescopes. FAST could help astronomers investigate gravitational waves or determine how rapidly our universe is expanding. Still, alien hunters will be able to search for signals of extraterrestrial life. Dan Werthimer, chief scientist at the University of California, Berkeley’s SETI Research Center, told The New York Times, “We can use the telescope at the same time that they’re doing more traditional astronomy to look for E.T.”

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