Sunday, October 28, 2012
Sheshan Radio Telescope Started in China
The largest radio telescope in Asia, and third largest in the world, was started today, Sunday, October 28, 2012 at the foot of Sheshan Mountain in Shanghai, China. The newly-built 65 meter diameter radio telescope can pick up eight different frequency bands and also track Earth satellites, lunar exploration satellites and deep space probes, said Hong Xiaoyu, head of the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory reports China Today.
China's Very Long Baseline Interferometry system is made up of four telescopes in the cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Kunming, Urumqi, respectively, as well as a data center in Shanghai. China built the first radio telescopes in north-west China’s Qinghai province, which is affiliated to the Purple Mountain Observatory under the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1987.
The first radio antenna used to identify astronomical radio sources was built by American radio engineer Karl Guthe Jansky, an engineer with Bell Telephone Laboratories, in the early 1930s.