View of the Parkes radio telescope, Australia

View of the Parkes radio telescope, Australia

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Caption: Parkes radio telescope. View of Parkes radio telescope, New South Wales, Australia at sunset. The rotating dish is 64 metres in diameter and divided into three sections. It has a solid steel plate from its centre to a diameter of 17 metres, a perforated aluminium plate to a diameter of 42 metres, and the rest is a mesh of galvanised steel. The weight of the dish is 300 tonnes. This radio dish is used to observe wavelengths from 5 millimetres to 2 centimetres. Parkes was completed in 1961, and in 1998 is run as part of the Australia Telescope National Facility. It is often used by the SETI (Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence) institute.

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