This section brings together the very latest posts related to scientific developments, heritage and cultural activities here at Jodrell Bank.


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On 11th / 12th October 1957, the Lovell Telescope made its first scientific act – tracking the carrier rocket that launched Sputnik 1 into space – the dawn of the space age. On 11th October 2015, we commemorated the anniversary with our friends in  Public Service Broadcasting, who came to Jodrell Bank to film the […]

  Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre is proud to announce that it is part of the exciting new Destination Space programme. Backed by the UK Space Agency, science centres across the UK have joined forces with the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut, Tim Peake, to provide children all over the UK with a unique opportunity […]

In April this year, we were delighted to hear that we were awarded support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for our ‘First Light at Jodrell Bank’ project. This is a major step forward for us in our work to conserve and celebrate the heritage of Jodrell Bank. The University is currently investing in two major […]

Today (23:06:15) is National Women in Engineering Day – a good day on which to write about our most recent ‘Girls Night Out’ at Jodrell Bank – which focused on the engineering of the Square Kilometre Array. The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be the world’s largest telescope – an array made up of thousands […]

Our orchard is laden with fruit for the first time in a few years after some restorative pruning, feeding and pollination from our honeybees. The apple trees were planted as part of the Cheshire Orchard Project with the support of the Cheshire Landscape Trust in winter 1999/2000 to promote the use of locally bred fruit varieties. […]

Jodrell Bank Observatory has received Heritage Lottery Fund support* for a £12,147,200 bid for the ‘First Light’ project, it was announced today. The project aims to conserve and restore the heritage of the Jodrell Bank site and create a spectacular new space in which visitors can engage with and learn about the journey to explore […]

30 July, 2015

Once in a Blue Moon

31 July 2015 is a special day. There will be a full Moon, which in itself is not unusual. But it will be the second full Moon this July, and this is rare. The second full Moon in a single calendar month is traditionally called a ‘Blue Moon’. A second full Moon in one calendar […]

  We are delighted to have won funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering, under their Ingenious Awards programme to engage audiences with the engineering of the Square Kilometre Array. The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is one of the most awe-inspiring and audacious science and engineering projects of the 21st Century. It brings together more than 500 […]

14 April, 2015

Dark Matter

A group of us at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics are members of a large international collaboration called the Dark Energy Survey (DES). The goal of DES is to study the unexplained acceleration of the universe nicknamed “Dark Energy”.  We’re doing this with one of the largest sky surveys that’s ever been made, which […]