January 8th, 2008

Wanaka tree

Westerbork Array

On a lighter note, after the post I made last week about Westerbork Camp, there is another thing that Westerbork is famous for. This. 



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It's an array of fourteen 25 metre radio telescopes. I guess they are where they are is because it's a relatively remote spot in an otherwise fairly heavily populated country. 
For the technically minded here is some information. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westerbork_Synthesis_Radio_Telescope

For me it is their aesthetic beauty that wins out every time. 

I can't see there radio telescopes without being reminded of the wonderful Aussie film, The Dish. If you haven't seen it, check it out. It has the best rendition of the American national anthem ever on film and the wonderful line, 'My wife, May,  she's the lemon.'
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dish