An Astronomical Performance

I've mentioned this before, but the Lovell Telescope is now in it's 50th year. In fact, the very first scientific observations - known as first light to astronomers - were taken on August 2nd 1957 and last night Megan recreated the very first observations. Considering that it is 50 years old, it is really remarkable that it is still a world-class instrument.

To officially mark the 50th anniversary of first light, Jodrell Bank Observatory is having a special musical performance. The music will be composed and mixed by Jem Finer (The Pogues) and Ansuman Biswas who have been working together since 2000. It will use sound from the structure of the radio telescope as well as use astronomical data, from the

telescope's receivers, converted into audio. To hear an interview with Ansuman and Jem, and some example sounds, listen to Thursdays Front Row (available for six more days) from BBC Radio 4. The event should be really interesting and I'm a bit frustrated that I'm in the wrong continent for it!

I think there are still a few tickets left so if you want one, contact the Jodrell Bank Visitor Centre on 01477 571339.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Thursday 02nd Aug 2007 (19:03 PDT) | Permalink
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