The 5 Largest Satellite Dishes In The World
2 CommentsMonday, 14 July 2014 | Ashley
Over the last 30 years satellite dishes have become an ever present sight all over the world, whether there for TV, communication or searching space. They can be found on the sides of houses up and down the country to the point where they are now barely noticed by anyone who see them. Smaller satellite dishes are perfect for picking up information beamed down from satellites orbiting the earth, but in order to see the universe in action, it seems that size does matter.
The 5 Biggest Satellite Dishes On Earth
Here are the 5 largest satellite dishes in the world, which are used for a wide range of purposes such as finding new planets and monitoring solar activity.
5. Yevpatoria RT-70 Radio Telescope, Ukraine (230 feet/70 meters)
The Yevpatoria telescope has been used to observe asteroids and space debris and is known for the ‘A Message From Earth’ (AMFE) project in 2008, which beamed a high-powered digital radio signal towards Gliese 581c, a so called ‘super planet’ which could potentially hold life.
4. Lovell Telescope, UK (250 feet/76 meters)
This is the UK’s biggest satellite dish and telescope, located at Jodrell Bank Observatory in the north west of England. It was built in 1955 and was originally known as the “250ft telescope,” but was renamed after one of its creators, Bernard Lovell, in 1987.
3. Effelsberg 100-m Radio Telescope, Germany (328 feet/100 meters)
The Effelsberg Radio Telescope was built between 1968 and 1971. It’s equipped to observe pulsars, star formations and the nuclei of distant galaxies, and remains one of the most important instruments in the world’s network of super-powerful telescopes.
2. Green Bank Telescope, USA (328 feet/100 meters)
This satellite dish is located in the state of West Virginia, in the middle of the United States National Radio Quiet Zone, an area of limited or banned radio transmissions, which greatly helps the telescope in operating to its highest potential. It was completed in 2002 and took eleven years to construct.
1. Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico (1,001 feet/305 meters)
The largest curved focusing satellite dish on Earth is found in the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. It engages in radio astronomy, radar observations of the solar system and the study of the atmospheres of other planets. The enormous dish was built in 1963 inside the depression caused by a naturally occurring sinkhole and also featured in James Bond Goldeneye.
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