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


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 […]

Tomorrow evening we will open our new Star Pavilion with the inauguration of the Garner  Lectures – a programme that will explore the ways that science interacts with culture. The inaugural Lecture itself will be given by Alan Garner, the writer who has lent his name to the series. Alan lives very close to our […]

  On Friday 20th March, the UK will be witness to a rare and beautiful astronomical event – a solar eclipse. Starting at around 8.30am (the exact times vary by a few minutes around the country) the Moon will slowly begin moving in front of the Sun, reaching maximum coverage by about 9.30am. Seen from […]

    At Jodrell Bank, the boundary between Science and Culture barely exists. In fact, it’s hard to find someone who works here who recognises the two as separate areas. Since the Lovell Telescope carried out its first scientific act – tracking the carrier rocket of Sputnik 1 in October 1957 – the site has […]

19 January, 2015

Science meets fiction

Comma Press had published a series of ‘real’ science fiction anthologies, and I’ve been lucky enough to contribute to all of them so far. The editor at Comma Press, Ra Page, did a physics and philosophy degree, and then an MA in English literature, so he has a brain hemisphere in each area, and fuses […]

This incredible image released today by the ALMA Observatory, is our best ever view of the formation of planets. I think it deserves to sit alongside images like the Hubble Deep Field and the Cosmic Microwave Background as one of the classic astronomy photos. What we see here is the disc of gas and dust […]

The Mark I Telescope at Jodrell Bank (now the Lovell Telescope) as it looked after completion in 1957.   11th October I’ve seen a few tweets today stating something along the lines of “On this day, 1957, the largest radio telescope in the world was switched on at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire.” I don’t know […]