Jodrell Bank Science

Jodrell Bank Science

Jodrell Bank Observatory is part of the University of Manchester’s School of Physics and Astronomy.

The School’s Astronomy research group is named the ‘Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics’ in honour of the Observatory and its work in Astrophysics over many decades.

The Observatory is home to the iconic Lovell Telescope, and three other telescopes (the ‘Mark II’, the ‘42ft’ and the ‘7m) as well as hosting eMERLIN, the UK’s National Radio Astronomy Facility.

The Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA) carries out a wide range of modern astrophysics research. JBCA has particular expertise in radio-mm observational astronomy but also makes observations at a wide range of other wavelengths and combines these with theory and modelling.



The cosmic microwave background, large-scale structure, cosmological simulations and theories of the early universe.

galaxies and clusters

Galaxies and Clusters

Including gravitational lensing studies of galaxies, black holes and dark matter, and studies of active galaxies, quasars and starbursts.

galactic astrophysics

Galactic Astrophysics

Star formation and evolution, galactic structure, astrochemistry and interstellar dust.

pulsar astrophysics

Pulsar Astrophysics

Searching for new pulsars, studying extreme physics, theories of gravity and the dynamic radio sky.

suns and planets

Sun and Planets
Plasma and magnetic fields in the outer atmosphere of the Sun and the search for new planets orbiting other stars.



Including large-format imaging & interferometric arrays, low-noise amplifiers and optical fibre data transfer.

For more about the Science of Jodrell Bank, see the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics website.