Repairs for historic telescope

A 1960s radio telescope which has sat rusting at the University of Kent for years is being given a new lease of life by A-Level students.

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New life for radio telescope

A group of students from Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys in Canterbury is to restore an ancient radio telescope and use it to study the sun.

David Johns reports, talking to John Batchelor from the University of Kent, students Theodorakis Dimitrios & James Hylands, plus scientist Dr Geoff Macdonald and teacher Becky Parker

Students restore radio telescope

It was the height of technological expertise in the 1960s, but has lain derelict for years.

Radio satellite Credit: ITV News Meridian

Now, despite being overgrown, rusting and covered in moss, a radio telescope at the University of Kent is to have new life breathed into it by 'A' level students at a local school.

A-Level students from Simon Langton Grammar inspect the telescope Credit: ITV News Meridian

The pupils at Simon Langton Grammar want to restore the telescope and peer into the distant reaches of our universe.

Dr Geoff MacDonald from the University of Kent said "It can be refurbished certainly and now days its is actually easier to do radio astronomy in an amateur way than it was forty years ago because of the good quality of receivers, especially thanks to the development of satellite TV".


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