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1950s film; radio astronomy and Jodrell Bank


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I stumbled on this 28 minute video from the 1950s, which although feels like an Ealing Comedy at the start, is a fascinating look at the history of radio astronomy and the building of Jodrell Bank:

https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-the-inquisitive-giant-1957-online

It makes you wonder how many similar films from this era exist  on astronomy and astronomers.

James

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1 hour ago, jambouk said:

I stumbled on this 28 minute video from the 1950s, which although feels like an Ealing Comedy at the start, is a fascinating look at the history of radio astronomy and the building of Jodrell Bank:

https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-the-inquisitive-giant-1957-online

It makes you wonder how many similar films from this era exist  on astronomy and astronomers.

James

What a charming film! Amazing what they achieved and that their legacy is still with us.

There was also a wistful section near the beginning, where we appeared to be moving through space, that reminded me of the Clangers.

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On 25/11/2020 at 15:58, JeremyS said:

What a charming film! Amazing what they achieved and that their legacy is still with us.

There was also a wistful section near the beginning, where we appeared to be moving through [removed word]

On 25/11/2020 at 14:07, jambouk said:

I stumbled on this 28 minute video from the 1950s, which although feels like an Ealing Comedy at the start, is a fascinating look at the history of radio astronomy and the building of Jodrell Bank:

https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-the-inquisitive-giant-1957-online spiritual

It makes you wonder how many similar films from this era exist  on astronomy and astronomers.

James

e, that reminded me of the Clangers.

It's nice to see.... Good info you share here....

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Thanks for sharing that @Callum

The slivering process reminded my of doing that with our telescope mirrors at school. We did it in the chemistry lab - and I’m pretty sure we were wearing jackets and ties during the operation, too.

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I seem to remember silvering the inside of test-tubes at school - I was a rubbish chemist, but still got my CSYS (think it was a C grade though 😉

In the USA there is an interesting spray-silvering process which large mirror users are taking to. I understand the kits are not importable to the UK though...

 

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