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China opens its ear to sounds of the universe

Updated: 2012-10-29 07:23
By Xu Junqian in Shanghai ( China Daily)

A radio telescope the size of eight basketball courts, was unveiled at Shanghai Astronomical Observatory on Sunday.

The "ear" officially named the Shanghai 65-meter Radio Telescope, is able to "hear" faint signals from 10 billion light years away.

The ear is the largest of its kind in Asia, and the fourth largest in the world, only bested by radio telescopes in the United States, Italy and Germany. It will be used in the third stage of China's moon observation project next year.

China opens its ear to sounds of the universe

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