Scientists across the world say they have high expectations for China's 500-meter aperture1 spherical2 telescope, or FAST, which is now entering its final stages of construction in the southwestern province of Guizhou.
The world's largest single-dish telescope is about to undergo rigorous testing before going into official use.
Once fully3 operational it will also contribute to the SKA - Square Kilometer Array - Project, which brings together teams from ten member countries, with the aim of answering the fundamental questions about the origins and evolution of the Universe.
Philip Diamond, director of the SKA Organization, believes that FAST will make a vital contribution to the project as a whole.
It's the largest single radio telescope on the planet and me, myself, and many scientists around the world are really looking forward to our first beginning observations, beginning to observe different objects in the universe. It will see signals all the way back to the Big Bang, to the start, almost to the Big Bang, close to the start of the entire universe. It will uncover things that we've never seen before."