Powerful telescopes and observation planes enable clearer view of space objects and eclipse.
Item title reads - Superscope probes space.
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, and the Pacific.
Tracking shot past two of the giant dishes of the Science Research Council radio telescope. C/U's showing the large dish of one of the telescopes. M/S showing Director of the Observatory Professor Martin Ryle talking to guests. C/U Professor Ryle. Interior M/S of the control room. Mr Elmore, Senior Assistant, is sat at large control panel. C/U of panel, Mr Elmore presses a button. C/U of large racks with recording graphs. A man opens panel to graph. C/U hand writing on the graph. C/U of illustrations on wall, over the top reads "Our Galaxy".
C/U of a graph recording signals from the one mile telescope, card below reads "The signals being recorded here from the one mile telescope set out from three-c 295, 3000,000,000 years ago". C/U of graph recording signals. C/U of display card. C/U of two photographs, caption beside photograph reads "One mile diameter 23 seconds of arc" pan up to photograph which is out of focus, caption beside it reads "250ft. diameter 10 minutes of arc". M/S of one of the telescopes. Air to air shot of pursuit plane 7 miles over the Pacific which is a flying observatory. Interior shots of man looking through telescope inside plane. M/S of moon shadow passing over the face of the sun. Interior shot of man reflecting eclipse onto a piece of paper. C/U paper showing eclipse being reflected onto it. M/S of moon shadow now nearly covering the face of the sun. C/U man looking through observation porthole. M/S showing the shadow of the moon almost over face of sun. Air to air of the flying observatory.