The Science Of Jodrell Bank

Jodrell Bank is a world-leading deep space observatory and scientific research facility owned by The University of Manchester.

While the visitor attraction is run by The Jodrell Bank Centre for Engagement, the observatory is part of Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics in the University’s School of Physics and Astronomy.

Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics carries out a wide range of modern astrophysics research. The Centre has a 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.

Explore some of its areas of research below…

Galaxies and Clusters

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


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

Galactic Astrophysics

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

Pulsar Astrophysics

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

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.