Ranked #1 of 5 attractions in Parkes
Category: Observation Decks/ Towers
50 years young, the CSIRO Parkes radio telescope is still one of the most productive radio telescopes on the planet.Tune into...
50 years young, the CSIRO Parkes radio telescope is still one of the most productive radio telescopes on the planet.Tune into the universe at 'the Dish' and discover world-class astronomy and engineering at this international scientific and cultural icon. Built virtually in the shadow of the 64 metre dish, the Visitors Centre and Dish Café at Parkes Observatory cater for public curiosity about the radio telescope and astronomy.This modern exhibition takes you on a journey exploring the highlights of the telescope's rich history. Starting as an idea in the 1950s, see how the Parkes radio telescope has matured into a world leading research facility. This exhibition is designed to answer your questions about the telescope and its operation, but leave you pondering some of the big questions like; how big is the Universe and what is the Universe made of?The Astronomy and Space Science exhibition is free.