Big telescopes science show
Find out why Jodrell Bank has such a big telescope, what it’s used for and how it works with other telescopes around the world. ...
The Jodrell Bank Observatory is a British observatory that hosts a number of radio telescopes, and is part of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester. The observatory was established in 1945 by Sir Bernard Lovell, a radio astronomer at the University of Manchester who wanted to investigate cosmic rays after his work on radar during the Second World War. It has since played an important role in the research of meteors, quasars, pulsars, masers and gravitational lenses, and was heavily involved with the tracking of space probes at the start of the Space Age.
The Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre works to inspire the scientists of the future by engaging them in the scientific research carried out at Jodrell Bank and with the stories of the creation of the Observatory and its ground breaking science.
By bike: the centre is on National Cycling Network routes 55,70, 71 and 573
By train: the nearest train station is Macclesfield, which is a 20 minute taxi journey from the centre. There is a taxi rank by the main entrance of the station
By car: please use the postcode SK11 9DW for Sat Nav. From the M6, leave at junction 18 and follow the tourist signs. The centre is just off the A345 between Chelford and Holmes Chapel