On November 4, the National Astronomical Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences held a press conference to announce that China Sky Eye (FAST) has been operating stably and reliably since its acceptance in January this year. It has observed and served more than 5,200 aircraft hours in the past year, reaching the expected design goal of nearly 2 Times. Up to now, FAST has discovered more than 240 pulsars, and more than 40 high-level papers have been published based on FAST data. FAST’s research results on fast radio bursts were published in the international scientific journal “Nature” in the early morning of the 5th.
China Sky Eye (FAST) In February this year, the FAST team overcame the impact of the epidemic and officially launched the five “priority and major projects” selected by the scientific committee. Nearly 100 scientists began to use and process FAST scientific data.
“In April this year, the Time Allocation Committee began to solicit free application projects from the domestic astronomy community. So far, more than 170 applications have been received. The total application time is about 5,500 hours. Only 30% of the actual approved 1,500 machine hours can be supported. It can be seen that the FAST telescope observation time competition is quite fierce.” said Chang Jin, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and director of the National Astronomical Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.