• Short Summary

    Queen Juliana of Holland opened a new radio telescope complex at Westerbork near the border with West Germany on Wednesday (24 June).

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    Queen Juliana of Holland opened a new radio telescope complex at Westerbork near the border with West Germany on Wednesday (24 June).

    The telescope consists of twelve antennae positioned in a line over a distance of 1600 metres. Each antennae has a 25 metres (80 feet) diameter parabolic reflector. The motorised reflectors can turn in any direction to catch faint radio signals from the outer reaches of space. A computer is used to control the movements of the telescope system which is designed to observe activity emanating from sources billions of light-years from Earth.

    The movements of the twelve reflectors of the telescope are co-ordinated to achieve a range which would otherwise only be possible with an antennae about one mile across (1 1/2 kms). At the opening ceremony Queen Juliana switched on the telescope's rotating equipment.

    The radio telescope is to be used by Dutch University astro-physicists.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA57HFVYJVDC2SHFT5Q97RNKKE1
    Media URN:
    VLVA57HFVYJVDC2SHFT5Q97RNKKE1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/06/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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