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Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre: Get closer to space

by | Jul 1, 2023 | Explore Manchester

The Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, the newest UNESCO World Heritage site in the UK, stands as a symbol of British excellence in science and engineering. Over the past 75 years, this Centre has consistently been at the forefront of groundbreaking discoveries and world-leading research. One of its most renowned features is the Lovell Telescope, a global icon in the field of astronomy. With a staggering diameter of 76.2 meters (250 ft), it was the largest steerable dish radio telescope in the world when it was constructed in 1957 and continues to be one of the largest and most powerful radio telescopes to this day. The Lovell Telescope, housed at the Jodrell Bank Observatory, has played a pivotal role in space tracking and the study of the radio universe.

Jodrell Bank’s scientific journey began 75 years ago on a damp and icy Friday afternoon, December 14, 1945. The first scientific experiment took place from an army radar trailer, marking the starting point of the Centre’s unique contributions to scientific advancements. Notably, it was at Jodrell Bank that the historic moment of the Eagle lander, carrying Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, touching down on the Moon’s surface in 1969 was captured. As a national centre for excellence in public engagement, the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre takes pride in delivering an important educational program that serves diverse

Lovell Telescope: Facts and Figures
Mass of telescope – 3200 tonnes
Mass of bowl – 1500 tonnes
Diameter of bowl – 76.2 meters
Collecting area – 4560 square meters
Focal length – 22.9 metres

When you visit, you and your family can enjoy a variety of engaging activities. Learn about Jodrell Bank’s captivating history through an informative telescope talk, witness an Orrery demonstration, explore the Jodrell Bank Arboretum, and immerse yourself in space photography exhibitions. Conclude your visit with a stop at the Jodrell Bank gift shop and The Planet Cafe, ensuring a memorable experience for all. With an annual influx of 150,000 visitors, the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre continues to inspire and fascinate individuals from all walks of life. Learn more: https://www.jodrellbank.net/

Pinewood Hotel is just a 20-minute drive away from Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. Situated on Wilmslow Road in Handforth, the hotel is just a 5-minute drive from Manchester Airport and half a mile from Handforth train station with close connectivity to the M6, M56 and M60. All our bedrooms are designed to offer peace and tranquillity, whether it is an airport stopover or a city break. Learn more: www.aghotels.co.uk/pinewood-hotel

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