A gigantic radio telescope in China is ready to start listening for alien transmissions

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Quartz

July 8, 2016

When it comes to picking up the sounds of the cosmos, bigger is definitely better. China’s gigantic new radio telescope, at a whopping 500 meters across (1,640 feet), is the now the largest of its kind in the world. The final, shiny tile of the dish was put in place on Sunday, and China’s National Astronomical Observation agency expects the telescope to begin the process of collecting data in September.

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