[ASC-media] Rare chance to tour the Dish

John.M.Smith at csiro.au John.M.Smith at csiro.au
Thu Aug 19 15:26:08 EST 2004

Open Days give rare chance to tour The Dish

The CSIRO Parkes radio telescope, "The Dish", will hold open days for
the public on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 August 2004.

Free tours of the telescope will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each

Visitors will be able to see astronomers using and controlling the
telescope, where the movie "The Dish" was shot, and have a close look at
its workings.

They will also be able to hear talks by world-class astronomers, ask
questions of the experts, take a helicopter ride around the telescope,
and see students' ideas for new sports to be played in space.

For safety reasons, anyone touring the telescope must wear enclosed
footwear such as sneakers. Thongs, high heels, bare feet and open
footwear such as sandals, will not be acceptable. Visitors without
suitable footwear will not be able to take the tour.

People with an aversion to heights or with limited mobility (including
babies or toddlers who need to be carried) will be able to take only
part of the tour. 

Officer in Charge of Parkes Observatory, Dr John Reynolds, says that
previous open days have proven very popular.

"Over 1600 people toured the telescope and another 1000 more visited at
our last open days in November 2001," he says.

More information:


Parkes telescope Visitors Centre 02 6861 1777

Media Contact: John Smith   t 02 6861 1776   m 0419 643 657

Tour* the Dish
Parkes Observatory open days
28 and 29 August 2004

Our open days are a rare opportunity for members of the public to tour
the Parkes radio telescope.

*	Free telescope tours: 9am to 4:30pm both days.
*	Inspect the workings and hear a description of the telescope.
*	See the control room where radio astronomers work.
*	See where the scenes of The DISH were filmed.
*	Helicopter joy flights around the telescope (to be confirmed).
*	Ask an expert: Astronomers and technical experts will answer
your questions
*	Special displays.

*Please Note:
*	The tour involves steep steps and is unsuitable for people with
an aversion to heights.
*	For safety reasons people of limited mobility, including
toddlers and babies needing to be carried, will only be able to do part
of the tour.
*	For safety reasons enclosed and low-heeled footwear MUST be worn
during the tour. Thongs, other open footwear such as sandals, high heels
and bare feet are not acceptable. 
*	Visitors without suitable footwear will not be able to take the
Where: The Parkes Observatory. The Observatory is 20 kilometres north of
Parkes along the Newell Hwy, which is approximately 380 kilometres west
of Sydney. Follow the signs to the Parkes Observatory Visitors Centre.
If you can't make it to the open days the Visitors Centre at the
telescope is open every day except Christmas and Boxing days, though
tours of the telescope are only available on the open days.

Further questions and latest information:  www.csiro.au/parkesdish
or contact the telescope Visitors Centre 02 6861 1777 or
parkes-vdc at csiro.au
For other local attractions and accommodation visit

Tune into the universe at the Dish

John Smith
Visitor Centre Coordinator
CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility

PO Box 276

t +61 2 6861 1776
f +61 2 6861 1770
m +61 419 643 657
john.m.smith at csiro.au

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