The radio telescope erected at Parkes in central New South Wales for the C.S.I.R.O. has?
The radio telescope erected at Parkes in central New South Wales for the C.S.I.R.O. has helped put Australians in the forefront of world radiophysicists. The telescope was commissioned by the Governor General almost two years ago.
The C.S.I.R.O. recently held its second open day at the telescope, and people came from all over New South Wales and from interstate. For many of them, it was a picnic outing.
The telescope shows the austere beauty of functional design. The giant dish can pick up emanations from stars enormous distances from earth.
The telescope has caught the interest of the general public. In the two years it has been operating, many thousands of people have been shown over it. More than two thousand attended the first open day last month.
The disc, 200 feet across, can be swung close to the ground as it probes the skies. The visitors are shown over the installation in groups of forty, and C.S.I.R.O. employees explain the workings of the complex equipment.
The next open day at the telescope will probably be held within the nest two months. There is no charge for the guided tour. A smaller telescope with 60 foot disc has recently been assembled nearby to help in the work of the bigger telescope at Parkes.