The world’s largest radio telescope FAST (Five hundred meter meter Aperture Spherical Telescope), located in the mountainous area of Guizhou Province in southwest China, was opened for free by tourists.
FAST was launched in September 2016.
It is reported that to ensure the normal operation of the telescope within a radius of five kilometers around there is a so-called “silence zone” where all signals of mobile telecommunication devices will be blocked. In this regard, before entering the observation deck, tourists need to deposit their mobile phones, digital cameras, smart bracelets and other electronic devices.
In the area of visiting the telescope, several phone booths are installed, of which tourists can call for domestic numbers for free.
Every day only 2 thousand people can visit the telescope. It is reported that the only paid service in the tourist zone is traveling on a special shuttle and visiting the astronomical museum. Tourists need to pay 50 yuan (about 7 dollars) per ticket for the bus, the same will cost the museum.
The initiative to build a giant radio telescope was put forward by Chinese specialists in 1994. The construction of a telescope, the area of which is equal to 30 football fields, the perimeter – 1.6 kilometers, and the diameter – 500 meters, began in March 2011. The telescope is high in the mountains in Guizhou Province. The total investment in the project is estimated at 1.2 billion yuan (about 180 million dollars).