LOVELL LECTURE: The Universe Live from Jodrell Bank, by Professor Tim O’Brien
Thursday 20th June, 7:30pm
Jodrell Bank Observatory helped pioneer the exploration of the invisible Universe using radio waves instead of visible light. Using radio telescopes, astronomers have discovered previously undreamt things – quasars powered by gigantic black holes; pulsars flashing like cosmic lighthouses; gravitational lenses distorting space-time; even the fading glow of the Big Bang.
In this talk, Tim will explore how the radio telescopes at Jodrell Bank work, taking you on a virtual tour behind the scenes at the Observatory. He will present live observations, demonstrate how data are analysed, and show how radio images, like the recent one of a black hole event horizon, are actually produced.
Tim O’Brien is a Professor of Astrophysics and an Associate Director of The Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at The University of Manchester.
This lecture was live streamed and is available to watch back here:
Named in honour of Sir Bernard Lovell, our popular and long-running Lovell Lecture series invites leading scientists and thinkers to share their knowledge and present their latest research in the Wolfson Auditorium at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. Meanwhile, our acclaimed DotTalks series welcomes UK and international speakers in front of a live festival audience at bluedot.