What opportunities will China's FAST offer for scientists?
China's FAST, the world's largest single-dish radio telescope, has opened to global scientists and accepted observation applications from March 31st. China's "Sky Eye" has become more important to radio astronomy since Puerto Rico's Arecibo telescope became damaged and non-functional at the end of 2020. So what opportunities will China's telescope offer for scientists and international cooperation? And what are they looking for out there?
To discuss these questions and more, we've invited Dr. Peng Bo, Director of the Key Laboratory of FAST at the Chinese Academy of Science; Dr. Michael Kramer, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany; and Dr. Robert Braun, SKA Science Director in the UK.