02 August 2019
China plans to build an extension on its FAST telescope to search an area of up to 100 light years from Earth, for planets with magnetic fields similar to ours. The plan is to lay an intensive network around the current FAST spherical surface with 5-meter caliber antenna and simplified receiving unit, to extend the effective baseline from the present 300 meters to dozens of kilometers. With this additional hardware it is hoped to support the search for extraterrestrial life.
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