Webcam – 4.6m “Smiley” Radio Telescope

4.6m “Smiley” Radio Telescope

Smiley is a 4.6-meter radio telescope used as part of an internet  classroom where teachers and students can learn about radio astronomy and use the instrument to conduct lab exercises.  At the focus is a radio frequency feed used to detect 1420 MHz signals from stars millions of light years away. When you see the telescope pointing to a new  position it is usually because a high school student or class is remotely controlling the telescope from a classroom.

The Smiley telescope is located at
Latitude: 35 deg 11.959 min N
Longitude: 82 deg 52.497 min W
Altitude: 888 m (2914 feet)