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Jodrell Bank

Photos of the 76 metre Lovell Radio Telescope at Jodrell Bank on the 23rd April 2011. Now part of the e-Merlin network and recent host to BBC Stargazing live. This is currently the 3rd largest steerable radio dish in the world with a mass of 3200 tonnes.  The 76.2 metre dish became operational in 1957 and was able to track the carrier rocket of Sputnik 1.  It has had a major role in the discovery and identification of quasars.  Scientists discovered the first Pulsar in the M28 globular cluster in 1968, “dark galaxy” Virgo21 in 2005 and is being used to help confirmation of gravitation lensing.  Jodrell has also been used in many fictional references including Doctor Who (Tom Baker regenerating into Peter Davison) and the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy.

Links:

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics

Nick Cook

Amateur astronomer, space, history, nerd, extreme dog walker, cat slave, doorstep daytripper, severe tinnitus sufferer. 13.7 billion years in the making - not that much better for it. Knows more about swords than is probably healthy for a man.

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