THE STANFORD DISH is quite impressive when highlighted in the early light and seen through the crisp clear morning air. This photo was taken during my walk along the Bay Trail, and the structure is actually five miles away. The large 150-foot radio telescope lies snuggled in the foothills as it performs many tasks including atmospheric monitoring, radio astronomy, satellite and spacecraft communications, and deep space probes. We know it's still active because the dish is constantly being repositioned throughout the week to focus on different quadrants of the sky.
That's pretty amazing for a structure still in service considering it will be 50 years old next year! I wonder if it has a retirement plan?