I’m old enough to be one of the “We called it the telescope” brigade. It was a little confusing to this little girl because it didn’t look like other telescopes.
This weekend, the CSIRO held an open day at their Parkes Radio Telescope. Mum and I headed out as early as we could but still had to stand in a long line for tickets. It was a free event and the ticket booth didn’t have to stay open long before they were all gone.
It was a 20 minute tour, with only 14 people per group, and it looked like there were only 3 groups within the perimeter at any time. They really couldn’t put any more people through AND keep it safe. It is still a working observatory.
The most important update to note is the extension of the walk. Originally, it was only three blocks along the main street. Up and back. Now you have to scoot around the park and back up Welcome Street to ensure you see everything.
You even need to take a small detour down the side of the post office and across to the rear of the library. It’s turning into a decent walk.