Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre is a key part of the wider Jodrell Bank site, home to the world-leading Jodrell Bank Observatory and the headquarters for the Square Kilometre Array.

The site is part of the University of Manchester,  -the Discovery Centre is one its cultural institutions and the Observatory is part of the University’s School of Physics and Astronomy. The School’s Astronomy research group is named the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA) in honour of the Observatory and its pioneering work in Astrophysics over many decades.

The Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics 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

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

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.

The iconic Lovell Telescope is part of the Observatory, along with three other telescopes (the ‘Mark II’, the ‘42ft’ and the ‘7m). The Observatory also hosts eMERLIN, the UK’s National Radio Astronomy Facility.

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