China to set up worlds highest altitude telescopes in Tibet

07 January, Beijing

China is setting up the world’s highest altitude gravitational wave telescopes in a Tibet prefecture close to Line of Actual Control with India to detect faintest echoes resonating from universe which may reveal more about the Big Bang theory.

Yao Yongqiang chief researcher with the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences said, construction has started for the first telescope, code-named Ngari No.1,30 kilometers south of Shiquanhe Town in Ngari Prefecture. Parts of NGARI is last Tibetan prefecture at China’s border with India.

The telescope, located 5,250 meters above sea level, will detect and gather precise data on primordial gravitational waves in the Northern Hemisphere. It is expected to be operational by 2021.

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