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The biggest radio telescope in the world

In the past, astronomers explored the universe with their eyes and optical telescopes, but what they could see was limited. Find out how radio telescopes have revolutionised the way astronomers 'see' the universe, allowing us to explore deeper into space than ever before.Watch this clip to learn about Australia's contribution ...

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Photograph - Great Melbourne Telescope, c1870

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the Great Melbourne Telescope at Melbourne Observatory, 1870s-1880s.

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Photograph - eight-inch transit telescope, Melbourne Observatory, c1890

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the eight-inch transit telescope erected in the East Transit Room at Melbourne Observatory.

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Reproduction of telescope presented by Galileo in 1609

This reproduction of Galileo's gold-decorated presentation telescope was made by the Massachusetts company of Antiques of Science and Technology in 2009. Created from leather, glass and more than 100 pieces of wood, it very precisely replicates the dimensions and materials of the original. The objective lens of the replica ...

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Birth of radio astronomy

Did you know that some of the most ground-breaking scientific discoveries were made by chance (serendipity)? Discover the link between static on a telephone line and the invention of the radio telescope that has helped scientists find new clues to the origin of the universe.

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Gamma rays and space balloons

Have you ever wondered how scientists know so much about the universe when it's too far away to see and no one has ever been there? It's not just by using telescopes based on Earth. Watch as an international team of astrophysicists and engineers attempt to launch a balloon high into the atmosphere, loaded with expensive ...

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Square Kilometre Array (SKA), 2011

Find out about Australia's super science project - the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). Listen to astronomy experts discuss Australia's bid to be the home of the world's first SKA (telescope). See the telescope Australian scientists built to demonstrate their technological capabilities and help secure the bid. Find out what ...

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SKA to help unlock the secrets of the universe

Radio astronomy is on the verge of developing groundbreaking technology that will allow scientists to see into the furthest reaches of the universe. The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be the most powerful radio telescope ever built. See how it has been designed and the developments that have been made so far.

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Australia's deep space research

Did you know that Australia is home to one of the three NASA Deep Space Network facilities? Watch this clip to find out about some of the ground-breaking research on the solar system being undertaken at the Tidbinbilla facility. Discover why Australia was chosen to participate in the Deep Space Network (DSN).

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Far out lenses

Look at the Moon through a simple telescope. Adjust the focal length of two convex lenses and compare the results. Explore relationships between optical variables such as focal length, position of objective lens, convexity, image inversion and lens size. This learning object is one in a series of two learning objects. The ...

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Naval officer's telescope

This is a naval officer's telescope or spyglass. It was made in England in about 1760 from brass, glass and wood. There is an eyepiece at one end. The telescope is 51.5 centimetres long when closed and 88 centimetres when fully extended.

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Wilsons Promontory lighthouse keeper's home and work

This is an excerpt from a 10-minute promotional silent film about a camping trip to the Wilsons Promontory National Park. The excerpt is introduced by an intertitle 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Quarters', and is followed by footage of people walking out of a house and through extensive vegetable gardens. A second intertitle, ...

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Parkes Observatory during Moonwalk, 1969

This is a black-and-white photograph of Australian and American scientists at Australia's National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Parkes, New South Wales, during the Apollo 11 Moon landing in July 1969. Four men are grouped in front of a bank of instruments and dials. From front to back are Wilson Hunter, National Aeronautics ...

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'Window into space', 1965 - asset 1

This is a clip taken from a 22-minute colour documentary developed by the Division of Radiophysics of the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in 1965 to explain the operation and work of the Parkes Radio Telescope in New South Wales. This clip shows diagrams of how light waves ...

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'Window into space', 1965 - asset 2

This is a clip taken from a 22-minute colour documentary developed by the Division of Radiophysics of the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in 1965 to explain the operation and work of the Parkes Radio Telescope in New South Wales. This clip shows several long-distance views ...

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'Window into space', 1965 - asset 3

This is a clip taken from a 22-minute colour documentary developed by the Division of Radiophysics of the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in 1965 to explain the operation and work of the Parkes Radio Telescope in New South Wales. Several views are featured of the 64-m dish ...

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'Window into space', 1965 - asset 4

This is a clip taken from a 22-minute colour documentary developed by the Division of Radiophysics of the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in 1965 to explain the operation and work of the Parkes Radio Telescope in New South Wales. The clip shows several views of the 64-m dish ...

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Australia Telescope Compact Array, 1988 - asset 1

This is an image of five of the six parabolic dishes comprising the Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organisation's (CSIRO) Australia Telescope Compact Array, located at the Paul Wild Observatory, near Narrabri in New South Wales. Five mounted dishes, or antennas, are seen pointing into the sky. Wheels attach the dishes ...

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Australia Telescope Compact Array, 1988 - asset 2

This is an image of four of the six parabolic dishes comprising the Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organisation's (CSIRO) Australia Telescope Compact Array, located at the Paul Wild Observatory, near Narrabri in New South Wales. Four mounted dishes, or antennas, are seen pointing into the sky. A platform on wheels ...

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Giant radio galaxy J0116-473

This is a false-colour image of the giant radio galaxy J0116-473 made using the Australia Telescope Compact Array at Narrabri in New South Wales. The galaxy in the centre appears as a tiny target-like object with a red centre and a small ring of yellow around it. Two island-like masses show areas of colour from the spectrum ...