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My Favourite Dish

Updated on December 17, 2007

The request was for your favourite dish: I expect it was about food, but surprisingly it was not the first thing that sprang to mind for me. Parkes Observatory was: a.k.a The Dish.

The Dish, for many years, was one of largest radio telescopes in the Southern Hemisphere. What Parkes Observatory is most famous for, along with Honeysuckle Creek, was its support of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The signal from the moon was beamed back to Parkes and Honeysuckle Creek before being bounced around the world.

A movie, appropriately named "The Dish" was also made around this event. It was a quirky film starring Sam Neill. Get the DVD for the extras, if nothing else. They are a history lesson in themselves.

The Dish at Parkes is in a paddock, where sheep commonly graze. The telescope is still one of the most powerful in the world, and most recently, on September 28 they detected a huge burst of radio energy which appears to have originated at least one-and-a-half billion light-years away. In fact, they dismissed it as man-made until it was later verified.

So, here's my favourite dish. It's most probably not what people were expecting...but there you go!


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  • Hovalis profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Australia

    And yet not half as trivial as this comment. Go figure!

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    7 years ago

    ha!ha!ha!what a boring dish...

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    9 years ago

    exiting sight

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    Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

    10 years ago from New Zealand

    Hovalis there are a couple of clips from the movie on youtube - just search on the title in quotes

  • Hovalis profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago from Australia

    There was a movie, and you're right, it was called "The Dish". Sam Neill plays a great part, but then he's a great actor (one of New Zealand's finest IMO). I like the movie because it's quirky and focuses on the little things and the little people that helped bring the moon landing to the world. Parkes, and Honeysuckle Creek were where the images came from that the rest of the world watched. It's amazing what you can do in a sheep paddock. The DVD's extras a fantastic, by the way, everything you've ever wanted to know about the moon landing in original film footage. If you can find it, rent it and watch it just for that!

    Considering its location, the Parkes radiotelescope has done a hell of a lot for advancing knowledge. I'm just bummed I didn't get the chance to drive out for their open day last year. They only hold them every couple of years...

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    Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

    10 years ago from New Zealand

    Love it! We drove out to Parks last year and it is quit extrodinary sseeing it in the middle of the paddocks! There was a movie about its contribuiton to the moon landing staring Sam Neil - The Dish I think might have been the title ?

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    Prince Maak 

    10 years ago from Just Above the EARTH and below the SKY

    So, thiz iz U`er favorite. gr8

  • Hovalis profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago from Australia

    But that's not what they asked. ;-) Now if they'd asked that I wouldn't have immediately thought of the The Dish at Parkes.

    As for Chinese, my favourite thing is to go out for Yum Cha. There are a couple of dishes there I can't actually remember the name of that I really like. I'm very partial to the steamed pork rolls and custard tarts. :-)

    I don't eat turkey much at all.

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    Dalriada Books Ltd 

    10 years ago from UK

    Funny, what's your favourite Chinese? Do you eat turkey on a China plate?


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