I took a ride on a moving radio telescope

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Tom Scott
Tom Scott 8 dias atrás
And now, a blatant plug for the podcast I host, Lateral! Episodes with William Osman, Simone Giertz, Devin "Legal Eagle" Stone, and loads more people are over at - and there are highlights at !
Nurul Kabir
Nurul Kabir 35 minutos atrás
William Ansell
William Ansell 9 horas atrás
You should visit Jodrell Bank telescope in Cheshire 😁😁
Spiral30 12 horas atrás
Lateral is the highlight of my Friday! Thank you for hosting such an awesome show!
Bingo_ Bongo11
Bingo_ Bongo11 2 dias atrás
There is a really good movie about this dish relating to the Apollo 11 mission
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salarybot 4 dias atrás
John is a very enthusiastic and informative guide, and you can tell he absolutely loves his job. It's always so amazing to see such passionate people sharing what they love, and Tom's sheer indulgence in it is infectious. Another banger!
Jeff 3 dias atrás
To be fair, out in Parkes you'd get excited when nerds come to town. It's otherwise full of farmers.
Lachlan Bruem
Lachlan Bruem 4 dias atrás
John's whole family is super rad, I was friends with his son in school
HelplmChoking 4 dias atrás
@Glomann he's definitely done that dozens, if not hundreds, of times before and STILL comes across as excited and passionate. I love people like that
Lach D
Lach D 4 dias atrás
That guy is a born science communicator, absolutely fantastic
John Mills
John Mills 4 dias atrás
@1:09 Seemed a little sad that not a lot of atronomers visit, like it would get quite lonely. Rather in the past, the place must have been a neat "social" environment. Since replaced with virtual access.
zakiducky 4 dias atrás
The part about the energy in the feather hitting the floor being larger than that collected by all radio telescopes ever was _genuinely_ mind blowing.
BlueFire Animations
@Lucius Chiaraviglio It is. You just can't measure anything around the sun.
Lo Sfogo
Lo Sfogo 2 dias atrás
@Bran Arnold That's the reason behind the sheer size: radio waves sources are generally far away and really weak. For example one of the most important radio frequencies in radio astronomy is the 21cm hydrigen line. It's emitted by a hyperifne transition in the hydrogen atom and it's used to calculate spiral galaxies rotational velocities: the wavelenght is really long, meaning low amounts of energy are emitted. Also, the resolution power of a telescope (how small of an angle can be where it can resolve two things separated by said angle) is wavelenght divided by diameter. So for such long wavelenghts a reaaaaally big diameter is needed
WhiteRabbit 3 dias atrás
Wir sind bewusstlos, wenn wir schlafen oder ohnmächtig werden. Wenn wir bewusstlos sind, wir haben keine Gedanken, keine Emotionen und können die Welt nicht sehen. Wenn wir bewusst sind, wir wissen alles. Bewusstsein ist Gedanken, Emotionen und alles in der Welt. Dieses Bewusstsein ist eins. Wird das Bewusstsein zweigeteilt? Bewusstsein ist nicht teilbar. Spürst du zwei Arten von Bewusstsein, wenn du mit einem Freund sprichst? Das Bewusstsein wird nur als eins empfunden. Bewusstsein ist eins. Ich bin Bewusstsein und ich bin die Welt. Evangelium nach Thomas "Denn viele der Ersten werden die Letzten sein und werden zu einem einzigen." Jesus sagte: "Zwei werden sich auf ein Lager legen; einer wird sterben, einer wird leben." Aus diesem Grund sage ich, Wenn einer alles ist, wird es voller Licht sein, aber wenn einer gespalten ist, wird er voller Dunkelheit sein. Jesus sagte: „Warum wäschst du das Äußere des Bechers? Verstehst du nicht, dass derjenige, der das Innere gemacht hat, auch derjenige ist, der das Äußere gemacht hat?" Jesus sagte: „Ich bin das Licht, das über allen Dingen ist. Ich bin alles: aus mir ist alles hervorgegangen, und zu mir ist alles gelangt. Spalten Sie ein Stück Holz; Ich bin da. Erhebe den Stein, und du wirst mich dort finden." Eine [Person sagte] zu ihm: „Sag meinen Brüdern, sie sollen den Besitz meines Vaters mit mir teilen.“ Er sagte zu der Person: "Herr, wer hat mich zu einem Teiler gemacht?" Er wandte sich an seine Jünger und sagte zu ihnen: „Ich bin doch kein Teiler, oder?“
Ant Man
Ant Man 3 dias atrás
I didn’t understand how that calculation works.
David Berriman
David Berriman 4 dias atrás
Tom as a seventy year old Australian I have to say I am very jealous. I have seen the dish from a distance but not up close and personal. Given the number of pieces you have produced featuring heights I find your continued apparent discomfort rather interesting. Please keep producing this material. I really enjoy your work.
Francis Taylor
Francis Taylor 26 minutos atrás
@Diego Pescia don't matter on maint day I would expect
Frank Musgrove
Frank Musgrove 4 horas atrás
As David Berrimans relative, i once broke a dish after dinner into hundreds of pieces that i had to pick up and he told me he wasnt jealous while up close and personal....
Steve 2 dias atrás
@Diego Pescia Well it was turned off for maintenance during Tom's walk so I'm sure his phone wouldn't have affected anything :P
Diego Pescia
Diego Pescia 2 dias atrás
And don't forget to turn off your mobile phone
Christine 2 dias atrás
I agree. You would be surprised at what you may be able to do if you simply ask.
thorflot 4 dias atrás
Can we all just take a moment to appreciate how good of a guide John is? Presenting technical (and quite elaborate) information in an easy to understand manner, coupled with little quirks and bits of trivia about the facility without skipping a beat. I assume he has done this many times, but wow! A round of applause!
PizzaRave 3 horas atrás
you are absolutely correct
OneSneakySloth 23 horas atrás
He’s not just a guide, he is (or was as of three years ago) officially an Operations scientist. Wild.
Dan 3 dias atrás
He needs his own... radio show.
LionHeartSamy 3 dias atrás
Yup, the fact that he's using comparisons to give his audience a sense of how large things are tells me he's been doing this for a long while
soundscape26 3 dias atrás
Yep, totally agree.
Carrie Bartkowiak
Carrie Bartkowiak 4 dias atrás
I love how John is having SO much fun showing all of this cool stuff to someone who's excited to hear about it. You can tell he thinks it's really really cool, too.
BatCrow 3 horas atrás
@Matteo Maximov You could tell when some of the questions Tom asked were about more specific parts and John looked both slightly surprised and really glad to hear those specific questions
Matteo Maximov
Matteo Maximov 22 horas atrás
And also that Tom can easily understand all the technical bits
Hiigara 3 dias atrás
It reminds me of the people on "smartereveryday"
Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
After all, who wouldn't?
Tushar Choudhary
Tushar Choudhary 3 dias atrás
Which it is! Very very cool stuff :)
skullduggerry 4 dias atrás
This is unreal, the scale of technology never fails to amaze me! Thank you for showcasing this!
Prince 4 dias atrás
@Adam Plentl You're correct, the pyramids were tombs, you dont burry somebody in a tomb.
noodono fnf
noodono fnf 4 dias atrás
Google User
Google User 4 dias atrás
We had 250m long flying hotels 100 years ago. This is nothing.
Prince 4 dias atrás
@PrinceCuddles um...they were big graves and uh....I guess they had religious importance?
Roberine 4 dias atrás
@PrinceCuddles what do you mean not just? to my knowledge they are just giant complex graves. is this other use a relatively new discovery maybe? could you specify this other use?
SamC 4 dias atrás
After seeing Tom all harnessed up and clipped onto the safest walkway Ive ever seen for the high dive video its funny seeing him here completely free walking along an absolutly giganstic tipping bowl.
Zraknul Dia atrás
Different places have different safety requirements. The high dive place required it.
KarlEller 2 dias atrás
@Galaxis Where Tom was most uncomfortable on the dish was when he was standing on mesh, which the video doesn't really show very well, so he would have been able to see the ground. I probably would have freaked out too.
Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
I guess there's no evolutionary response to standing on a big moving floor.
Dustin Brueggemann
Dustin Brueggemann 3 dias atrás
It's always interesting to see how counterintuitive a risk factor can be. Standing on a thousand tonne rotating metal bowl is no more dangerous than walking down a moderate hill, whilst the diving platform is designed with the assumption that you want to fall off of it, even if you *really* don't.
Galaxis 3 dias atrás
I always laugh at how timid he is about everything, and yet he still does all of this stuff. He probably plays it up a bit to try to communicate the feeling to the viewers.
TeeJay 4 dias atrás
As an Aussie these videos are so exciting! So far I've visited some of these places and now my fave youtuber is making videos on them!!! That never happens in Australia!
Efflorescentey 2 dias atrás
Ahhhh me too! I didn’t know he was here 🤩
Mazda Roadster
Mazda Roadster 3 dias atrás
@Rudd Bot based Rudd enjoyer
Rudd Bot
Rudd Bot 4 dias atrás
So I live in Parkes right. Finished a very long shift and saw Tom walk past as I was locking up. Thought I had gone delirious until this video was posted!
Tony Bullard
Tony Bullard 4 dias atrás
I love all your stuff, Tom, but this is best video you've done in a long time. The dish is fascinating, John is a great guide, and the fact that you literally WALKED OFF THE TELESCOPE is just amazing. Great episode!
SixOThree 2 dias atrás
When he hopped onto the ground I legit let out a “that was freaking awesome.” I had no clue it would go that far.
MISSION101 4 dias atrás
0:55 I love that even a high-tech facility has a staircase that wouldn't look out of place in a local Aussie footy/cricket clubroom
Brainwave 2 dias atrás
I clicked the time stamp and burst out laughing, you're so right
Cody B
Cody B 3 dias atrás
Highly, highly, HIGHLY recommended everyone watches "The Dish" from 2000 (starring Sam Neill and Patrick Warburton) -- it's a comedy movie about how a town in rural Australia was chosen to transmit around the world the images from the 1969 moon landing, and the technological challenges they faced way back then. Aussie humour and cinema classic👌🏻
Lach D
Lach D 4 dias atrás
I was incredibly lucky to walk on The Dish about 25 years ago at an Astronomy open day. It absolutely blew my mind as a young kid. This brought back some memories! Cracking video Tom
Macebob Kasson
Macebob Kasson 4 dias atrás
I just want to let Tom know that each of these journeys into these amazing places is a treasure. Thank you very much.
paul Hicks
paul Hicks 4 dias atrás
I’ve worked on a couple of programs about the dish, in 1984 and 2000, and apart from being able to crawl all over the structure etc, the most memorable part for me was chatting with the astrophysicists working there over dinner. Their descriptions of deep space etc blew my mind.
Scrungle 4 dias atrás
the fact a feather hitting the floor is more energy than has even been collected from the stars is mind blowing to me, it's crazy how amazing technology is
Mashy Dia atrás
Dish 43 at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex at Tidbinbilla (outside of Canberra, about 3.5 hours drive from Parkes) is tracking Voyager 2 at this exact moment!
Equation 2 dias atrás
Solar power is kinda like star energy
ExtinctCanadian 2 dias atrás
I wonder how long that phrase will stay relevant
JoBro47 2 dias atrás
And the fact that humans made it to space with less then a megabyte
smasherrr07 2 dias atrás
If you think about it... how has technology advanced so much so quickly. Any type of technology to me is mind blowing.
Michael Prince
Michael Prince 4 dias atrás
The film John refers to is called ‘The Dish’, and was made in about 2000. It’s a great movie, one of the last Aussie films that showcases Aussie larrikinism and wit. Great video, Tom!
David Hill
David Hill 23 horas atrás
@Vigilant Cosmic Penguin Perfectly normal where I'm from 🙂
Michael Prince
Michael Prince Dia atrás
@Narf Harder “so…we can rub this out?”
Narf Harder
Narf Harder Dia atrás
_"That's_ your point of reference." It's been a while, but I still remember the chuckle - and head slap - I got out of that scene.
Large Chips
Large Chips 2 dias atrás
The dish is a great movie, i watched it after touring the museum next to the dish when i last went to parkes ten years ago.
Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
You're just going to drop "larrikinism" like we're going to accept that that's a normal word?
Jonas Clark
Jonas Clark 4 dias atrás
This was abbsolutely and incredibly fascinating, all the tech in use and all the details you captured, then explained in laypersons' terms. I was picturing a "full tilted" position and saw the edge 60+ feet up; I did NOT expect the rim to come within a few feet of ground! Thank you for taking us on so many grand adventures, Mr. Scott!
Eons 4 dias atrás
You have no idea how well timed this was. I live in Australia and today I was actually looking to buy a decent telescope to get into astronomy and astro photography.
Thomas 4 dias atrás
John is so knowledgable you can really see how passionate he is about his work. Incredible interview!
Leon Poole
Leon Poole 4 dias atrás
John is the perfect guide. His enthusiasm and the way he brings science to life in such an accessible way is amazing. Fantastic
KarlEller 2 dias atrás
He probably appreciated having a genuinely receptive audience, too, rather than a bunch of hyped up school kids.
Robert Needs
Robert Needs 3 dias atrás
John be like : "If it ain't broken, we ain't fixin' it!"
Robert Pitt
Robert Pitt 3 dias atrás
We all know the only reason why Tom was in Parkes was for the Elvis Festival hahaha
Adam Iannazzone
Adam Iannazzone 3 dias atrás
You might say that he was *stellar*
Kristian Lawrence
Kristian Lawrence 4 dias atrás
Loving the Australia videos! It’s always fascinating learning new things about your own country.
hcblue 4 dias atrás
It wasn't until the last 10 seconds that it actually hit me what "tilting the dish towards the ground" meant. For _several_ minutes, I was like haha, Tom's gonna do camera magic and 'hop' off the side of the dish. Just holy cow, the SCALE of this thing (and the building) is so… difficult to fathom.
The Bearded Kemosabe
The Bearded Kemosabe 4 dias atrás
Being an RF engineer that worked at a step site like this but with a 72 antenna; this was my favorite video so far. Absolutely perfect.
game_set_matt23 4 dias atrás
Now, do yourselves a favour and watch THE best Aussie made movie I've ever come across: The Dish (2000). Classic Australian humour at it's best, wrapped around the real life dramatic event of the moon landing. Still one of my all time favourite movies.
Thugson 4 dias atrás
What an absolute legend and an incredible teacher! That feather demonstration absolutely blew my mind, and I think everyone's. That's just incredible. This is why we watch Tom Scott
Derek B
Derek B 4 dias atrás
Tom Scott is a legend, I never know what his videos will be about but they are always great no matter how interested I think I will be from the title
Thomas Stevens
Thomas Stevens 4 dias atrás
As an engineer, I just want to watch the structure move and stare at the machinery at work. Amazing stuff! (not saying Tom and John aren't good! It's great to see someone as invested in their work and happy to share!... and to see Tom as agog as I would be)
Uncle Ned
Uncle Ned 4 dias atrás
I knew you would need to get there sooner or later. It’s amazing how this thing is still in active use and decently reliable well past the intended lifespan.
Shakespeare 4 dias atrás
Can we take a moment to appreciate the camera operator here, who not only kept tom perfectly in frame whilst descending a moving dish, but also kept the shot level whilst doing that, without a horizon!
Don Jones
Don Jones 4 dias atrás
@Thore Grimm Or he had a plumb-bob hanging from the camera. 😉🙃
redorange 4 dias atrás
Guys, he just wanted to mindlessly compliment someone. It's just how some humans are.
barryschwarz 4 dias atrás
If there's no horizon, how do you know he kept the shot level? And if you can answer that question, then you know how the camera operator did it. 🙂
illitero 4 dias atrás
There are a good few videos like that, and I'm assuming a good portion has to do with a natural sense of balance and footing taking a more subconscious place in the mind since more focus is on placement/aiming of the shot itself. So when things go wonky and Tom is allowed the resources to get fumbly and worried, the camera operator's greater focus is on keeping Tom framed and likely holding back laughs haha
Llorx - Twitch
Llorx - Twitch 4 dias atrás
This guy is still living in the 60's xD
Can we all just take a moment to appreciate how good of a guide John is? Presenting technical (and quite elaborate) information in an easy to understand manner, coupled with little quirks and bits of trivia about the facility without skipping a beat. I assume he has done this many times, but wow! A round of applause!
Hans Lehmann
Hans Lehmann 4 dias atrás
The way you had the feeling that you couldn't tell whether you were moving, or the dish was moving, or the sky was moving... I experienced something similar a few months ago when I took an engineering tour of the very honorable Mt. Wilson Observatory, located high above Pasadena, CA. Though built well over 100 years ago with parts that had to be lugged up the mountain by mules and very primitive Mack trucks, when you're in the 100" observatory dome and they turn the dome you think the telescope is turning, not you, the observer, on what you think is a unmoving platform. It's only when they open the outside door and you see that trees are moving by do you realize what's really happening.
Louis Gordon
Louis Gordon 3 dias atrás
His explanation of how a phone on the moon would be the brightest signal really puts into perspective how much data SIGINT planes can capture
mwiz100 Dia atrás
Having been aware of this telescope because of the fantastic film The Dish, I never quite realized the scale of the thing until you were walking around just under it. Nor did I think when you said " touching the ground" I didn't ever think that meant quite literally. Absolutely amazing it can do that!
AFGuidesHD 4 dias atrás
How the dish at that angle doesn't rip off from the building is quite interesting
Red Hammer
Red Hammer 7 horas atrás
WTFBOOMDOOM 16 horas atrás
Fun fact: the beam goes so deep that they moved the location by 100 meters during planning so it doesn't disturb the Stonehenge || ||| ||| ||
Andreas R
Andreas R 23 horas atrás
@illitero well said mate
Rawr ex dee
Rawr ex dee Dia atrás
Did you even watch the video?
Lindsay Nutbrown
Lindsay Nutbrown Dia atrás
@OwlRTA "at all"
Devin Sullivan
Devin Sullivan 3 dias atrás
So jealous Tom. I am a Arecibo fanatic, but until they rebuild it, I needed a new favorite terrestrial telescope. Thanks to both of you for showing us a fantastic piece of engineering
emgee44 4 dias atrás
Another top video by Tom Scott and crew. Seeing that massive dish tilt right down to the ground was amazing, it must have been incredible to ride it. What a treat.
Destroyer Gordon
Destroyer Gordon 3 dias atrás
This feels so nostalgic to watch as I remember going to the Dish for work experience in school with John. Got to use the telescope to collect some data from a neutron star. I recommend people to visit it.
Mick Johnson
Mick Johnson 4 dias atrás
As an Aussie, I need to let you all in on a little secret: John the Dish Wrangler might love his job, but he would have been really keen to see the end of Friday afternoon so that he could go home and sink a few tinnies with his mates. Signed: Mick, A guy who also loves science and works in a pathology lab at a major hospital… also doing a science every day 😊
Triairius 4 dias atrás
I swear, Tom, the best thing you and your team does is find passionate experts on fascinating topics and simply let them shine.
Foastcog 3 dias atrás
Totally, such a well crafted way of telling stories.
Joe Turner
Joe Turner 4 dias atrás
Yes, this guy, while rather matter of fact, was also BRILLIANT with his explanations.
Jim Cabezola
Jim Cabezola 4 dias atrás
I admire these folks for using PDP-11 computers to steer this dish! The engineers of that system can continue to be proud of what they’ve built. This whole complex is made of high-quality, long-lasting parts. Long live the great people who maintain and use this fantastic facility! Long life to the Parkes Telescope!
BrianW16 2 dias atrás
I was so excited to hear them mention the PDP-11 that it distracted me from the rest of the video for a while. DEC made great computers.
Chris Candreva
Chris Candreva 3 dias atrás
I'm amazed it's still using a pdp11 as well! It was, is, a great machine, but WHEN it finally breaks, where in the world will they get parts?
Beatriz Mingo
Beatriz Mingo 11 horas atrás
Having recently had a similar experience when visiting the VLA (albeit with a static dish), I can thoroughly recommend it, if you happen to visit New Mexico at some point! Maybe you could do a climbing tour of landmark radio telescopes? 🤩 And I can tell you, observing with these beauties is even more of a thrill. Best job in the world!
Stephan² Dia atrás
Been blessed to do an observation run over there a few years back. Amazing instrument. Awesome to see you stand on top.
Rubbela_XxSnipper_ 3 dias atrás
I love how John is having SO much fun showing all of this cool stuff to someone who's excited to hear about it. You can tell he thinks it's really really cool, too.
Build-a-Buddha 4 dias atrás
I love when Tom visits something like this and gets to get a tour from someone who is clearly very passionate about what they do.
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cucu awe
cucu awe 4 dias atrás
Also good sense of humour too
DriveAndMaintain 4 dias atrás
Australians have historically been absolutely obsessed with developing radio technology (one factor being that we're in such a large expansive country), so I'm not at all surprised to find out that we've got mind-boggling radio telescope stuff like this in remote areas.
Gothar_svk 3 dias atrás
Fun fact: this is the telescope that picked mysterious radio signals at random times during daytime for 17 years. Then they were finally able to identify the signals: they came from a microwave oven in the facility. Source: The Guardian - Microwave oven to blame for mystery signal that left astronomers stumped
TheCaracatusPotts 4 dias atrás
I'm one of the lucky few to have walked the surface, though admittedly, the dish remained static. Even used the teeny tiny lift to the focus cabin, and then had to climb down by one of the ladders, as one of the staff had called the lift back down, for his trip up. Fantastic view from up there!!
John Szalay
John Szalay 3 dias atrás
I'm always fascinated by Tom's videos but this one was on a whole new level of interesting for me from a visual and mechanical design perspective. Thank you to Tom and his tour guide!
Andrew Webb
Andrew Webb 4 dias atrás
The idea that they can use the telescope itself as a giant crane is ingenious.
Diogenes Pepsi
Diogenes Pepsi 4 dias atrás
Makes perfect sense, too! You already have an extremely robust and heavyweight piece of machinery to lift things high up, why not use it?
Alex 4 dias atrás
like treebeard picking up a hobbit
Bachaddict 4 dias atrás
@Dan Geary Mobile crane? I think self-assembling cranes are such a cool design principle
Dan Geary
Dan Geary 4 dias atrás
No doubt! I never thought about having the edge of the scope go down to get the equipment into the dish. But then, I should have thought of it. I’ve used the power of a piece of heavy equipment to help assemble and disassemble itself!
James Horner
James Horner 4 horas atrás
I love all of Tom's videos, but this is something special. I'm so jealous, I would absolutely love to ride the telescope!
Rhys Adams
Rhys Adams Dia atrás
One small step for Tom, at the end! I'm not just taking a phrase from space lore in a silly way, I genuinely thought from the beginning that Tom not wearing a harness and relying utterly on correctly repositioning himself to avoid tumbling to disaster was crazy risky. Then it was revealed how the curve lines up with the ground at full deflection wasn't so bad.
Thom 4 dias atrás
Tom, thanks so much for this! That gentleman's analogies w the feather and cell phone on the moon were extremely relatable. One thing that would help the video a bit, tho, would be to show a world map or map of Australia and show where this is located. I know where Australia is, but am fairly clueless about locations within Australia... Thanks!
DaveG 4 dias atrás
A map would be cool, for places I don't know. FYI - The "Dish" is roughly 300km (180 miles) NW of Sydney (if you know where Sydney is).
Myne1001 3 dias atrás
I highly suggest people watch the film 'The Dish'. It's a comedic take about the telescope's role in the Apollo Moon Landing. The scene where they play cricket in the dish itself is one of the most iconic scenes in all of cinema.
Mitch Polley
Mitch Polley 2 dias atrás
I believe the entire instrument was designed by Barnes Wallis and part of the genius of the design is that clever cantilevering means that when the collector is tilted from vertical, instead of it distorting under gravity, the redirected forces actually tighten up the focus.
Protista protista
Protista protista 4 dias atrás
A truly fascinating tour, with a marvellous guide. The feather explanation was quite astonishing.
Kams 4 dias atrás
I visited the parkes telescope a few years back and I can say it was such an amazing experience. Getting to learn the history behind it and the sheer scale of it was just fascinating to me
EJ T 2 dias atrás
I grew up watching 'The Dish' and even got to visit Parks as a kid (too young to remember much about it though unfortunately). I've always wanted to ride on it. Tom, you're living my dream!
Emma Alexander
Emma Alexander 4 dias atrás
As a radio astronomer, I was so happy to see this video! There really is nothing like going up into a dish - I've been on the Efflesberg radio telescope. I've never observed with Parkes, but I have with another Australian telescope, ATCA (they're both operated by the same institute). It's an amazing feeling when you're observing remotely from the UK, and knowing that you're responsible for such huge things turning and looking at astronomical objects for you. You might be sick of radio astronomy now, but you have got an invite to Jodrell Bank Observatory in your suggestions submission form! Come say hello next time you're up this way. :)
L T Mundy
L T Mundy Dia atrás
@Mike's Tropical Tech: Don't Panic. Kindly help them find their towels.
Johannes Werner
Johannes Werner 2 dias atrás
I was in Effelsberg about thirty years ago as a really interested kid (not an astronomer, still became a physicist). I'm still impressed and jealous by you gals and guys getting the bigger toys.. (though Effelsberg is, I believe, no longer operational, isn't it?).
zyeborm 2 dias atrás
@David Lowery epic
zyeborm 2 dias atrás
@Jett Nash in short yes. In longer form kinda. The satellites operate on different frequencies mostly to what is being observed and in some places starlink is turned off around the telescopes. If you take a look at their coverage map you'll see a big missing circle in western Australia. That's over the square kilometre array that's being built there. It's much more of an issue for optical astronomy. SpaceX are at least working on it now and all of their future satellites are to be at magnitude -7 so they should be invisible to the naked eye. It'll probably help by not totally flooding the optical sensors but it'll still get in the way probably.
David Lowery
David Lowery 3 dias atrás
@zyeborm Dad was involved in making part of the mount for the Anglo-Australian Telescope at Siding Springs. He always said he built toys for scientists.
Sue D Lamb
Sue D Lamb 4 dias atrás
The amount of energy the feather expended when it struck the floor is more energy than has ever been collected by every radio telescope ever” what a mind boggling comparison!
Michael Quinn
Michael Quinn 2 dias atrás
“The Dish” movie still holds up. Always surprised it didn’t find a bigger audience in the US. And the DVD hold an amazing collection of NASA archive footage I’ve not seen elsewhere. “The Dish” is also a great place to visit. I now live about an hour away in Dubbo and been there about a dozen times. I can highly recommend the milkshakes and scones from the cafe too.
LH 4 dias atrás
0:00 - I was totally seeing that opening shot at a very different scale, and thought those little upright rods in the middle distance were the height of a person. Then the manhole opened and blew my mind! 😂
Bil S
Bil S Dia atrás
Welcome to Parkes and good to see our friend John. The most down to earth person you will ever meet in your life.
Banjo Fries
Banjo Fries 4 dias atrás
This has to be one of the top 10 Tom Scott openings, the cold cut to Tom popping out of a manhole is too good
Emma Winnings
Emma Winnings 4 dias atrás
@CyberWomble Then they switch the telescope on and detect Clanger whistles
whatshumor 4 dias atrás
"The cold cut"?
CyberWomble 4 dias atrás
Should've been accompanied with a Clanger's whistle.
Panticle 4 dias atrás
I loved that. I remember years ago, seeing a programme where a guy was going up to change the aircraft warning light at the top of the spire of Salisbury Cathedral, and he went up inside, on increasingly narrow and rickety spiral stairs, and the opened a door, and it cut to the view from below, and it was a tiny little hatch right at the top of the spire.
ValouIka 4 dias atrás
"Hey, Tom Scott here! Do radio waves actually exists?"
Timothy McLean
Timothy McLean 4 dias atrás
I remember when I was in kindergarten and my parents replaced the refrigerator, my brother and I loved sitting in the box while Dad tilted it upright. This seems like that, except slower, more open, and _way_ bigger. I can only _imagine_ what that might be like.
Rubbela_XxSnipper_ 3 dias atrás
The part about the energy in the feather hitting the floor being larger than that collected by all radio telescopes ever was genuinely mind blowing.
Xbolt 4 dias atrás
As a space enthusiast, this was one of my favorite episodes in a long time!
Etienne Porras
Etienne Porras Dia atrás
'The Dish' is one of the greatest movies I have ever seen and I am honestly so jealous of Scott for being on site. Genuinely fascinating vid! Bravo!
Jim K
Jim K 4 dias atrás
“The amount of energy the feather expended when it struck the floor is more energy than has ever been collected by every radio telescope ever” what a mind boggling comparison!
Fleischgewehr 4 dias atrás
I'm not sure about every radio telescope, but there are some you can't even use cars with spark plugs around because the spark to start the combustion will get picked up. The Green Bank Observatory over in West Virginia has to keep a little fleet of diesel cars to navigate the grounds.
Dennis Grießner
Dennis Grießner 4 dias atrás
no wonder a smartphone, which emits radiation in the order of milliwatts, shines as bright as a bonfire to a telescope like this, even when placed on the moon.
WhiskyPapa 4 dias atrás
It was such a simple yet superbly powerful demonstration.
MistaG 4 dias atrás
Imagine theres an alien radio wave that hit directly at Tom at the time
Graham 4 dias atrás
This is the type of thing BRvid was made for. Another simply superb Tom Scott video, and great local host too.
Jacob 🇷🇺
Jacob 🇷🇺 2 dias atrás
The engineering behind these things is just mind-boggling.
After seeing Tom all harnessed up and clipped onto the safest walkway Ive ever seen for the high dive video its funny seeing him here completely free walking along an absolutly giganstic tipping bowl.
Itamar Benziv
Itamar Benziv 4 dias atrás
This is such a marvel of engineering and a testament to how amazing people can be that it makes me feel so happy and so sad that I just can’t explain
Merc S
Merc S 4 dias atrás
You can tell that John is passionate about his work. The way he is so excited to talk about all of this is great.
Pinkybum P
Pinkybum P 4 dias atrás
There was previous video that had a similarly enthusiastic and informative expert guide Tom was interviewing although I cannot remember the exact details. I think it was maybe a waterworks or bridge-works?
Thunder 4 dias atrás
With that job who wouldn't be.
Wild Bill
Wild Bill 2 dias atrás
As an asbestos expert from the NY City area, I approve of the Australian asbestos warning sign! Love to see how asbestos is regulated around the world. If you had a video on asbestos in your travels, I’d definitely be interested!
Ryan Smith
Ryan Smith 3 dias atrás
Tom, you visit the most amazing places. Thanks so much for bringing us along!
YouTube 3 dias atrás
tom and john are a dream team 🥺 so much joy in this vid
Grass Toucher
Grass Toucher Dia atrás
Death Sickle
Death Sickle 3 dias atrás
Hello BRvid
AintNoWay 3 dias atrás
Oh its you guys
Sean L
Sean L Dia atrás
Tom being amused by simple/understated observations is always very entertaining.
Gib 14 horas atrás
omg this is so amazing! so much cleverness built into this! the whole building is blowing my mind! thanks Tom for sharing :)
emmitgandlodder Dia atrás
Tom, your work over the years shows what a genuine BRvid you are.
gaforb 3 dias atrás
The mic drop moment (or feather, in this case!) at 2:30 is an incredible bit of information and such a powerful demonstration of just how much effort goes into radio-astronomy. And tom's look when he hears it is a testament to that! Brilliant video, and brilliant guide work from John.
G M 4 dias atrás
The dish itself would make a really cool performance stage for opera. Tilt the dish forward to reveal the inside of the dish to the audience, fill it with light, use the movement of the dish as a "stage curtain" to reveal a modest orchestra and an opera singer inside the dish.
Logan Page
Logan Page 4 dias atrás
People like Jack are so important for their science communicating abilities. The feather demo, the explanation about a cell phone on the moon, these are things that seem so simple and obvious, but is really a lost art in many scientific communities.
Tovi NMD
Tovi NMD 2 dias atrás
This is fascinating, and I am amazed that no safety equipment is used, but I can see how it could cause damage... and if worst comes to worst, well, you're on a giant slide.
Will Kemp
Will Kemp 4 dias atrás
Awesome video, Tom! I've been there, but only on the ground / in the visitors' center. The telescope is spectacular enough from there, but the view inside the dish is amazing 🙂🙃🙂
Budgieman67 4 dias atrás
If you haven't seen the movie "The Dish" then I thoroughly recommend finding a copy somewhere and watching it. It's a reasonably historically accurate portrayal of the Moon landing through the eyes of a suddenly temporarily important country town in 1960's Australia.
Fiery Kitten
Fiery Kitten 3 dias atrás
I like how Tom is afraid of heights but keeps going to high places to stand on metal mesh
Joe Bleasdale
Joe Bleasdale 4 dias atrás
Immediately intrigued by Tom Scott emerging from his burrow like a science-obsessed badger, and then John held my attention for ten minutes. This is a top-tier Blue Peter segment!
Buizel Meme
Buizel Meme 4 dias atrás
Someone should draw tom scott as a badger!
zyeborm 4 dias atrás
Did he see his own shadow though? Or are we cursed with another decade of anti science rhetoric? ;-)
Don Jones
Don Jones 4 dias atrás
When the dishes motion was sped up at the end it reminded me of the time-lapse films of sunflowers following the Sun. It's amusing to realize natural selection resulted in a tracking mechanism ages before Barnes Wallace. His brain was certainly a product of natural selection so the latter once again produced an ingenious tracking mechanism.
Samuel Tatar
Samuel Tatar 4 dias atrás
you can tell that the astronomer is very passionate about his job, I love it.
Gilad D
Gilad D 2 dias atrás
Might be interesting to know this is a part of a three-way telescope system, the others located in Madrid (well, on the outskirts of it, of course) and California, and they are used to maintain a continuous, global coverage for communications with astronauts and satellites.
Mashy Dia atrás
That's actually the Canberra (Tidbinbilla) complex, not Parkes. One of the dishes there is tracking Voyager 2 right now, and will then be tracking Mars 2020 (Perseverance rover) after a 1 hour 20 minute break.
yourbirdcreative 3 dias atrás
Knowing you've been filming in Australia, as soon as I saw this I knew what it was. I love that this is like a super slow motion carnival ride 😂
JCTheFluteMan 4 dias atrás
I'm so stoked that other people get to see how dope our country is; The Dish is a genuine Aussie icon
Standardised 2 dias atrás
@Westerly Winds I can see where your coming from there, he does sound a bit South African.
Westerly Winds
Westerly Winds 3 dias atrás
Oh I thought it was in South Africa. The guy with the helmet on sounded South African to me.
RICO PARADISE 3 dias atrás
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Creeper Aw man
Creeper Aw man 4 dias atrás
Hey i know you! You make hermitcraft remixes
Standardised 4 dias atrás
@Eric VandenAvond Here's to! The more people the merrier over here. Much love from Australia
ZawZaw 4 dias atrás
That was actually a fantastic explanation! I had no idea so little energy was collected, we know so much from little information. Also: the Alarm it sounded reminds me of regional footy games. Noice
Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
The editing of this video was understatedly perfect. I loved seeing the sudden cuts to Tom just walking down the disc.
Jim Cook
Jim Cook 2 dias atrás
Tom mate, John is such a great host- one could tell his passion for this work and he explained it beautifully. Astrorizz
Yes, it was quite an interesting excursion to the plate. All the time it seemed to me that it was about to take off. Thanks for this video.
I'm not entirely sure where I expected it to end, but I spent this whole time wondering why there was no harnesses or anything, because what if you just fell off the edge. I was entirely unprepared for the dish being so big that, fully tilted, it just... touches the ground.
Roelert De bie
Roelert De bie 4 dias atrás
Same here
Stanley Bochenek
Stanley Bochenek 4 dias atrás
@Timothy McLean huh
Timothy McLean
Timothy McLean 4 dias atrás
If you build big enough, eventually you stop needing safety equipment.
Logarhythmic 4 dias atrás
I love when experts just casually drop absolutely mind-blowing facts and then simply move on. Like that mini demonstration with the feather.
Sinafoch 2 dias atrás
This is amazing - thank you for going places I never would go to and speaking to people I never would (be able to) talk to. I owe you much regarding my horizon! Thank you!
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