When ancient astronomers looked up to the skies, they found comfort in knowing that the stars and the planets would remain unchanging; they were anchored foundations that represented stability in the universe… but not for long.
This totally isn’t an opportunity to list the amazing names that scientists have given telescopes (seriously though, these are actual names for cutting-edge telescopes which involve hundreds, if not thousands of scientists in collaboration and which yield a deeper understanding of our universe).
Children, gather round. I hope you’re sitting comfortably because it’s time for another of Harvey’s storytime posts. Lean back on a deckchair and take your eyes to the skies. This week, we’re exploring the hidden wonders of the universe.
A few weeks ago, myself and Yanhao partook on a school trip to a little place called Jodrell Bank. There rests one of the world’s largest radio telescopes – the Lovell Telescope, a whopping 76.2m in diameter. Now, you may be wondering, “Why do they need a 76.2m diameter telescope to listen to Classic FM? Is the sound quality really that much better?”. The answer is yes, the sound quality is a lot better, but fortunately that’s not what scientists are using the telescope for. No, at Jodrell Bank, they’re listening out for the music of the cosmos…
Forget your troubles for a moment and look at the sky.
The night sky, I mean.
Sadly in an urban metropolis such as the one I live in there isn’t much to see at night besides the faint glow of a near Full Moon. A telescope, however, paints on the black canvas of the night sky and unlocks an entirely new world.