Tuesday, 5 July 2016

interferometry or duel aperture

This September China’s just completed gargantuan radio telescope will be brought on-line.
Twice as big as the observatory of Mount Arecibo, the Five-Hundred Meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), I appreciate how the article reprinted the unsourced scalar comparison that if the dish were filled to the brim with wine, it would be enough for five bottles for every man, woman and child on Earth—a rather distracting analogy, though, since all I could think about afterwards was, “Hmm—wine.” Magnitude aside, the telescope will enhance the search for extra-terrestrial life and the study of the strange phenomena of the Cosmos that don’t fall within our visual spectrum.