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ELEKTRO 2/2019 was released on February 13th 2019. Its digital version will be available on March 11th 2019.

Topic: Electrical appliances – switching, protective, signalling and special

Main Article
Advanced power converter topology
Smart Cities (part 7)

SVĚTLO (Light) 1/2019 was released on February 4th 2019. Its digital version will be available on March 5th 2019.

Fairs and exhibitions
Invitation at LIGHT IN ARCHITECTURE exhibition
Prolight + Sound 2019: keep up with time
The light at For Arch 2018 fair

Public lighting
Lights of towns and communities 2018 – the meeting at the round table

China Unveils World's Largest Single-Dish Radio Telescope

27.09.2016 | IEEE Spectrum | spectrum.ieee.org

The telescope, which had its official launch last week, has already received astrophysical signals, China’s press agency, Xinhua, reports. The almost 1.2-billion-yuan ($180 million) project was spearheaded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. 

Like the 305-meter-wide dish of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, FAST consists of a spherical reflector dish that collects radio signals and focuses them onto the receiver system suspended above it. But FAST, which was built in a natural hollow in southern Guizhou province, also boasts an active reflector surface: triangular panels that make up its dish can be moved to form a smaller, transient reflector, in order to focus and target different locations on the sky.

China unveiled largest telescope

According to the FAST site, the telescope will have double the raw sensitivity of the Arecibo Observatory. Among other things, it is expected to be able to hunt for the universe’s first stars, search for signals from an extraterrestrial intelligence, and enable the detection of new pulsars—the spinning remnants of dead stars—in our galaxy and others.

Read more at IEEE Spectrum

Image Credit: Chinese Academy of Sciences

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