This section brings together posts on recent (and sometimes past) science at Jodrell Bank and elsewhere. Where we can, we try to give links to the bloggers themselves so you can follow their work in future. Many of them work here, many work on our University Main Campus in Manchester and some of them are national and international collaborators.

In just over six months, from 23 – 26 July, we’ll welcome over 30,000 people to Jodrell Bank once again to enjoy our award-winning, star-struck festival of discovery, bluedot. In honour of the festival’s fifth anniversary, we’ve gone to infinity and beyond to find the most inspiring combination of music, cosmic culture and science, and are excited to start sharing the 2020 line up.

Saplings grown from apple pips from Isaac Newton’s tree and taken into space by astronaut Tim Peake have been given new homes, including Jodrell Bank, to inspire the next generation.

Telescopes in the European VLBI Network (EVN), including Jodrell Bank’s Mark II Telescope, have observed a repeating Fast Radio Burst (FRB) in a spiral galaxy similar to our own. This FRB is the closest to Earth ever localised and was found in a radically different environment to previous studies. The discovery, once again, changes researchers’ assumptions on the origins of these mysterious extragalactic events.

Were you lucky enough to receive a telescope for Christmas? If so, here are some fantastic things to find in the sky.

Last night, Jodrell Bank’s bluedot was awarded ‘Best Medium Festival’ at the UK festival Awards.

After a long period of maintenance work, the Lovell Telescope is back in action!
Since the spring of 2018, a number of tasks have been undertaken on the Telescope including painting, steelwork repairs, and a major project to fully replace the original 1957 Telescope surface.

17 October, 2019

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We’re up for two new Awards and you can help us win by taking part in the public vote!

Each year we select three or four undergraduate students to come and spend two months of the summer with us. After a period of training they assist in the delivery of our programme of events for the public at Bluedot and over the school summer holidays at the Discovery Centre.

Our #CaptureTheMoon challenge, which celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, called for people to take photos of the moon and share their memories of watching the the Moon landing at Jodrell Bank. This prompted many to get in touch and tell us that they were indeed here on that momentous day. John Lill and Dave Edwards have been kind enough to share their memories of that night with our Heritage Officer, Hannah Niblett.

As the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, we’ve been looking back at what was happening at Jodrell Bank on 20th and 21st of July 1969.