China Telescope to Displace 9,000 Villagers
The Chinese government is relocating more than 9,000 villagers to complete construction by September of the world’s biggest radio telescope.
The massive scientific project will allow researchers to detect radio signals from as far as tens of billions of light years away to detect signs of extraterrestrial life.
The telescope will be 1,640 feet in diameter and be called FAST, for Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, and costs an estimated 1.2 billion renminbi, or $184 million.
The telescope is being built in a wide depression in Pingtang County in the Guizhou province far from cities and ideal for picking up radio transmissions.
“If intelligent aliens exist, the messages that they produced or left behind, if they are being transmitted through space, can be detected and received by Fast,” Shi Zhicheng, a Chinese astronomer, said.
Each of the 9,110 affected residents would be given 12,000 yuan ($1,839) in compensation and some ethnic minority families would get an additional 10,000 yuan ($1,532), according to a senior Chinese government officials.