Within a year, the world’s current largest single-dish radio telescope, the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, will lose its title. It will instead be usurped by this: the Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) in Pingtang County, China.
The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico is one of the most famous telescopes in the world—it’s been in a James Bond film (GoldenEye) as well as Contact. Now that the telescope is aging, though, it’s only looking more dramatic.
Arecibo Observatory, the world's largest single-dish radio telescope, should look familiar to anyone who watched GoldenEye or Contact a lot as a kid. But an earthquake near the observatory did some serious damage last month, nearly snapping one of the cables supporting the reflector platform hovering 450 feet in the…
Scientists seem to be focused on extraterrestrial mobile phone service recently, first planning for them on the moon and now claiming the ability to detect a cellular call on Jupiter. This half-billion-mile range is made possible by upgrading their Very Large Array radio telescope to handle digital data streams.