World’s Largest Radio Telescope Exhibition Opened at Russian Observatory

An exhibition dedicated to the world’s largest radio telescope, RATAN-600, was opened at the Special Astrophysical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Karachay-Cherkessia (KChR), TASS reports with reference to the KChR representative in Moscow Madina Gogova. It is noted that the first regular observations with the RATAN-600 radio telescope in Nizhny Arkhyz began in 1975. 

Gogova specified that the project was presented by the ‘Gogova Foundation’ for the Support of Contemporary Art and Culture as part of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the first manned flight into space at the Special Astrophysical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences in the village of Nizhny Arkhyz. According to her, this is a project of the group of researchers of the programme “The Terraforming” of the Strelka Institute, dedicated to energy, civilization, and planetarity.

The exhibition presents the world’s largest radio telescope with a reflex mirror about 600 metres in diameter RATAN-600. Visitors are warned to consider the radio telescope as an independent art object. They promise that as part of the exhibition a “sound walk” will be organized around the circumference of the RATAN-600, the duration of which is determined by the circumference of the radio telescope. The central element of the project will be a two-channel video installation that demonstrates four scenarios of the development of civilization.

The Special Astrophysical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences was founded on June 3, 1966. The observatory is located in the Zelenchuk region of Karachay-Cherkessia, equipped with two large telescopes: the optical BTA and the world’s largest (in terms of the diameter of the ring antenna) radio telescope RATAN-600. It is specified that BTA with a mirror diameter of six metres until 1993 was the largest in the world and now it remains the largest one in Eurasia. The observatory has a scientific and methodological branch in St. Petersburg (Pulkovo).

Ru-Main, 16.04.2021, Pictures: Russian Tourist Club Website 

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