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Jodrell Bank Observatory
Astronomy News Astronomy Calendar Editorial

Introduction
The Jodrell Bank Observatory is located near the village of Goostrey in Cheshire, England. It was established in 1945 by Dr. Bernard Lovell, who wanted to investigate cosmic rays. It is a place of learning, teaching and research. It also offers a number of short courses for people who want to learn more about astronomy.

The observatory is part of the School of Physics at the University of Manchester and has played an important role in the research of quasars and pulsars. In 1979, scientists at Jodrell Bank announced the first detection of a gravitational lens that confirmed Einstein's theory of general relativity.
Jodrell Bank Observatory.
The Observatory currently houses the Lovell Radio Telescope and the MERLIN/VLBI National Facility which is operated by the University on behalf of PPARC.

Visitor Facilities
The Observatory itself and much-visited site was planted as an arboretum by Sir Bernard. It houses the UK's national collections of Malus and Sorbus species and the Heather Society's Calluna collection, on 35 acres (140,000 m²). The Arboretum in open to the public.

A small scale model of the solar system (1:5,000,000,000) is also featured at the site. Jodrell Bank is also the location of the Sun in a 1:15,000,000 scale model of our solar system, this was part of the SpacedOut project.

There is an educational visitors' centre at the site that incorporates a 3D theatre which has proved very popular with visitors. The old Science Centre was demolished in 2003 to make way for a replacement, for which the plans are currently in development.

If you wish to contribute to this development please show your support by visiting the Jordell Bank Observatory.

Visitors have access to a new path wrapping around the main radio telescope, a number of information boards explain the opeartion of the telescope and the research that is currently done with it.

Jodrell Bank Observatory.
The site has ample parking and visitors' shop and restaurant.

Courses at Jodrell Bank
Jodrell bank offers a programme of part-time courses in astronomy. The courses consist of 12-14 weeks of part-time home study using the internet and feature the opportunity to use telescopes at Jodrell Bank.

Successful completion of any of these courses leads to the award of a Certificate of Credit from the University of Manchester. Credits can be counted towards a Certificate of Higher Education in Astronomy (equivalent to a year's full-time study). Fees range from £125-£180 for UK/EU students.

Further details and instructions on how to apply are available at:
www.manchester.ac.uk/jodrellbank/distance.

Contact Details
Jodrell Bank Observatory.
Dept of Physics and Astronomy.
The University of Manchester.
Macclesfield,
Cheshire, SK11 9DL,
United Kingdom.

Telephone: +44 (0) 1477 572650
FAX: +44 (0) 1477 571618
E-mail: Jodrell.Courses@manchester.ac.uk


Other Astronomy Courses
Jodrell Bank Observatory is part of the astronomy distance learning consortium astronomy.ac.uk together with Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Central Lancashire. Astronomy courses.
You can find out what courses are available and how the universities are working together at the consortium website www.astronomy.ac.uk.

posted: 3rd June 2006.




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