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Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics

Illuminated Lovell Telescope pointing towards the moon in a night sky

About the Centre

The Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics is the astronomical research centre of The University of Manchester.

Multiple locations

The Centre occupies three main locations: the world-famous Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, and the Alan Turing and Sackville Street Buildings in central Manchester.

Jodrell Bank is a world leader in radio astronomy-related research and technology development. We operate e-MERLIN, the UK's national radio astronomy facility, and also carry out research across the electromagnetic spectrum and in theoretical topics.

The Lovell Telescope has stood proudly over the Cheshire Plain since its completion in 1957 and is the flagship of the Jodrell Bank Observatory.

The observatory is a place of learning, teaching and research for the many engineers, astronomers and students who develop and use the radio telescopes here. It is also a place of wonder and inspiration for the many people who come to our Visitor Centre each year.

Explore more about the Centre below.