In January, BBC 2′s Stargazing Live returns to Jodrell Bank
Professor Brian Cox and Dara O’Briain host three nights of stargazing and discussion, live from Jodrell Bank. From 8-10 January 2013 this fascinating series encourages everyone – from the complete beginner to the enthusiastic amateur – to make the most of the night sky.
Jodrell Bank Observatory houses the Lovell Telescope, named after Professor Sir Bernard Lovell, was built back in 1957 although the world’s first radar transmitter and receiver was installed by Lovell at Jodrell Bank, Cheshire, in December 1945. Lovell’s main claim to fame was that he pioneered radio astronomy and made it a feasible method of space observation and exploration. Since that time, it has been developed and extended to form the Square Kilometer Array, the world’s biggest radio telescope.
The observatory itself forms part of Manchester University’s School of Physics and Astronomy, but also houses a combination of live science and a visitor attraction, drawing tens of thousands of visitors each year.
On Monday 11th April 2011, Jodrell Bank unveiled a brand new £3m Discovery Centre which is designed to help people to learn more about the Universe and the work done by its astronomers.
During the last 54 years, Jodrell Bank Telescope has been used to track the rocket which carried the Russian probe Sputnik I into space in October 1957 – the dawn of the space age. More recently it has been used to enhance our understanding of black holes, supernovae, pulsars and quasars. It operates e-MERLIN, which draws information from the whole of the UK’s national radio astronomy array.
The new Discovery Centre is open from 10am – 5pm ; Mondays – Sundays.
Child: (4-12yrs) £4.00
Family ticket : (2 adults, 2 children) £17.00
Family ticket:(2 adults, 3 children) £20.00
Concession: (OAP, student, 1 carer with disabled) £4.00