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A compilation of stories, telescopes, internship resources, and other things radio astronomy.

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Scoping out Radio Astronomy

A blog dedicated to telling the history of radio astronomy: its evolution, its discoveries, and its telescopes

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Astronomy Down Under: Parkes Observatory

Olivia Wilkins

  In the middle of New South Wales, Australia, lies "The Dish" - a 64-meter radio telescope that has long played a part in contemporary astronomy history. Known as "the grand old lady of astronomy," the Parkes Radio Telescope brought us broadcasts of the Apollo 11 lunar mission, received signals from the Mars rover Opportunity, and even starred in its own film.

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In the heart of the Eifel: das Radioteleskop Effelsberg

Olivia Wilkins

The Radioteleskop Effelsberg is one of the largest fully-steerable radio telescopes in the world, second only to the GBT. Its parabolic reflector dish has a diameter of 100 meters, which can be seen towering over the trees in the Eifel just 1.3 kilometers northeast of the village of Effelsberg in Nordrhein-Westfalen.

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