China’s FAST Radio Telescope –“Probes Dark Regions of the Milky Way”

Interstellar Clouds

 

Chinese astronomers plan to use the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), the world’s largest telescope, to probe dark regions in the Milky Way that are rich in atomic and molecular gases and cosmic dust, known as interstellar dark clouds –the birthplaces of new stars, planets, and possibly life. They hope to find the answer to “how many new suns could emerge in the Milky Way in the future?” (more…)