To say we had hundreds of entries to our Name the Big Dish competition is an understatement! We were overwhelmed by the number of amazing names that the students of Ireland sent into us – a huge thank you to all for participating.
But unfortunately there can only be one winner, and after careful consideration by the international judging panel one student’s entry stood out the most.
Congratulations to Rebecca Cantwell, 13, from the Regina Mundi College in Douglas Cork whose name for the big dish C.O.R.Y. was a clear favourite with the judging panel. C.O.R.Y., which stands for “Computer Operated Radio Yoke”, shows not only Rebecca’s Cork wit but also her knowledge of astronomy and science – partly due to her school’s great involvement and dedication to their very own astronomy club.
Rebecca, along with NASA astronaut Greg Johnson, will get to activate and light up the Big Dish C.O.R.Y. on November 14 when it will officially begin receiving visual and audio signals from Space making this dish the largest radio dish available for educational purposes in Europe!
Rebecca has won the chance for her class to attend the activation on top of some other great cosmic prizes.