FAST Discovers Two Pulsars on its Trial Run

World’s largest radio telescope known as Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) is now being prepared to watch pulsars from the outer surface of the galaxy.

China’s Xinhua news agency reports that a single-dish radio telescope FAST situated in a natural basin in southwest China has found two pulsars throughout the first year of its trial.

The world’s largest radio telescope has been operational from September 2016. The giant telescope has detected several pulsar candidates.

Pulsars are extremely magnetized spinning neutron stars formed with the gravitational collapse of enormous stars.
These tremendously dense substances have strong magnetic fields that emit jets of particles along poles, generating radio waves. The magnetic field spins in the neutron star’s direction.
In the month of August, the telescope FAST found two pulsars thousand of light year far. The first pulsar is named as J1859-01 and it is 16,000 light years from our Earth. The second pulsar is 4,100 light years away from the Earth and is named as J1931-01. After a month, the observations were defined and confirmed by the Parkes radio telescope in Australia.

Peng Bo, the deputy director of the project welcomed the outcome considering the scale at which the radio telescope FAST operates. Peng also appreciated the achievement and stated that the size of the telescope’s area is equal to 30 football fields.

Spotting pulsars could offer scientists new perception into the universe or objects these waves passed through.
Captivatingly, FAST – Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope is now being prepped to monitor pulsars from the outer surface of the galaxy. It is deemed that the spotted pulsars are from the Milky Way date. The super-sensitive telescope helps to get extragalactic observations which assist the scientists to learn about the particles in the space between galaxies. Scientists look ahead to capture interstellar communication signals once it is utterly operational, to get the signs of alien’s existence.

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