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Open Dome Event – FAST - 500m Chinese Radio Telescope

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Radio telescopes are typically the largest telescopes astronomers use, easily reaching tens of meters across, and in some cases over 100m. Recently, China has built a 500m telescope, so join Dr D Brown (NTU) to hear more about this huge radio telescope.

  • From: Thursday 27 October 2016, 8 pm
  • To: Thursday 27 October 2016, 10 pm
  • Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
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Huge single-dish radio telescopes are rare, with the 300m Arecibo dish built in a valley being the largest example. But no more – China has completed a huge 500m single dish, the size of 30 football pitches.

Dr. D Brown, NTU, will talk about why we need such large radio telescopes and the challenges facing such a project. He will also look at how such projects impact upon the population living near and using these sites. This talk will be followed by a brief introduction to what is visible in this month's sky.

Booking is required for this event. While attending, you consent to filming, photography, and sound recording – which may include you as a member of the audience – and its use in publication or advertising distribution, either printed or online, without payment or copyright.


The event will start at 8 pm, with Dr D Brown's talk on the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST), a 500m Chinese radio telescope. Refreshments will be offered from 7.45 pm in the CELS foyer. Afterwards, visitors will get a tour of the NTU observatory and the chance to see interesting objects in the autumn sky using the observatory's telescopes, small telescopes and binoculars, if the weather allows it.

If the weather is not good, a small planetarium session will be offered in the observatory, pointing out objects of interest.

Booking information

Booking is required for this event. Entrance is free and available to everyone who is interested.

Location details




Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
NG11 8NS


Parking is available only for booked visitors in the Main Gate car park.

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