Jansky Antenna Replica
Replica of the antenna used by Karl G. Jansky to discover the radio Universe. Affectionately known as Janskys Merry-go-Round, this antennas turntable allowed Jansky to learn the direction of any signal he picked up. It was part of a program by Bell Laboratotries to locate sources of 20.5 MHz radio signals that might interfere with their overseas wireless communications. He located thunderstorms and the famous hiss that he determined came from the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. The discovery was widely publicized, appearing in the New York Times of May 5, 1933.
Grote Reber suggested that this replica be built in Green Bank to exact specification, down to sourcing old Model T tires for the rotation axis. The antenna’s wires are just visible against the clouds.