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12th of October 2023
Celebration of the Molonglo radio-telescope
Since opening in 1965, the University of Sydney's Molonglo radio telescope has been a leading instrument for radio astronomy. Research highlights range from the detection of quasar scintillation; the mapping of the entire southern sky in the Sydney University Molonglo Sky Survey (SUMSS) and the Molonglo Galactic Plane Survey (MGPS); to the first discovery of a pulsar associated with a supernova remnant (Vela). Research at the site has produced generations of PhD students, and allowed for many collaborations, including most recently with CSIRO and Swinburne University.

The telescope’s design has allowed for upgrades over the past half century, but with next-generation telescopes coming online, at sites more suited to radio astronomy, Molonglo was retired at the end of June 2023. A one-day celebration of Molonglo's history and achievments was held at the University of Sydney yesterday. The image above shows Emeritus Professor Anne Green welcoming participants and setting the scene for the presentations that followed.

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