China’s ‘Search for Aliens’ Would Uproot 9,100 Residents


Chinese government is evacuating 9,100 residents and forcing them to leave their houses for the country’s ambitious search for aliens.  The five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope or FAST is a massive project by the country that is aimed at space observation.

Chinese authorities have planned to evacuate the residents to make way for the world’s largest radio telescope which is presently under construction. Residents which comes under the 5 km radius of the construction in the Guizhou province will be uprooted and the government will offer around 12,000 Yuan (AU$2571.80) as compensation, reported CNN. The ethnic minorities which face difficulties in finding housing will be given an extra 10,000 Yuan (AU$2143.17).

Li Yuecheng, a senior provincial Communist Party official, said that the settlement would “create a sound electromagnetic wave environment”.

The grand engineering and scientific project will give opportunities to researchers to detect radio signals from tens of billions of light years away. It will take humankind one step ahead in its quest to discover aliens in the universe.

According to Pix 11, when the telescope will be completed the dish itself will be the size of 30 football pitches. Because of the remoteness of the location there will be minimal interference from other radio signals. Most importantly, the regions topography make it the best site for an ambitious telescope like this. When completed it would surpass the present largest radio telescope in the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. It has the diameter of 305 meters.

Nan Rendong, chief scientist of the FAST project said, ““A radio telescope is like a sensitive ear, listening to tell meaningful radio messages from white noise in the universe. It is like identifying the sound of cicadas in a thunderstorm.”

Li Di, a chief scientist with the National Astronomical Observatories under the Chinese Academy of Sciences said, “With a larger signal receiving area and more flexibility, FAST will be able to scan two times more sky area than Arecibo, with three to five times higher sensitivity.”

China, apparently, is in the spree of making world records. Recently, the country made the world’s longest glass-bottomed bridge.

Forced relocations for grand projects are common in China.  According to The New York Times, the Three Gorges Dam uprooted more than one million people and gargantuan South-North Water Diversion Project resulted in the evacuation of 350,000 for a series of canals.

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