• Short Summary

    Radio telescope erected near Cambridge helps the scientists to locate the stars too far away to see.

  • Description

    Mullard Radio-Astronomy Observatory near Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.

    Several shots of a huge dish on top of a tiny brick house - radio telescope which collects sounds from space which enables scientists to discover and locate far away stars. Anthony Hewish is seen adjusting wiring which connects the dish with computer (presumably). He then shows periodical irregularities on the graph which proves reception of recurrent sounds from space. Sir Martin Ryle is behind this project.

    Pulsars (special star) send regular radio waves - signals which are later transformed into sounds and further analysed in 'high tech' lab. Emphasis is placed on the finest computer technology - pale walls covered in buttons and little red lights, graphs coming out of the hole in the wall - and rolls and rolls of "seemingly incomprehensible paper with holes in it."

    People working in the lab, looking very professional. Sir Martin Ryle is seen working on colourful charts.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    457.07
    Media URN:
    4483
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    15/08/1968
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:25:23:00 / 01:28:07:00
    Canister:
    CP 712

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