Lovell as screen

OK, there is no excuse for me being late to the party with this news but I guess I was mentioning it elsewhere and somehow forgot to mention it here. Anyway, Phil has now mentioned that the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory is to become a huge cinema screen as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the telescope. The celebrations have been going on since February and culminate in the SPACE 50 festival at the start of October. This event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik and the fact that the Lovell Telescope (Mark I as was) was the only place that could track the carrier rocket that put Sputnik in orbit.

Of some confusion amongst Phil's commenters is what movie will be shown. The movie is not a big Hollywood blockbuster but a specially made film showing the construction of the telescope, early space exploration, and the future of radio astronomy. So, I wouldn't say this was about "dumbing down" as Big Bob claims. Assuming it isn't windy (that would force the telescope to park and so cancel the film), it should be a spectacular two-day event that is unlikely to be repeated in the future.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Sunday 16th Sep 2007 (13:10 BST) | Permalink
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