Lovell Telescope

Posted on by Hannah Waugh

The Lovell Telescope is a radio telescope at Jordell Bank Observatory, near Goostery. When construction had finished in 1957 the telescope was the largest in the world at a 76.2m in diameter, but now it is the third, behind the Green Bank and the Effelsberg.

Lovell Telescope as the sunsets

Lovell Telescope as the sun goes down

It was originally known as the “250ft telescope” then became the Mark I telescope with future plans of adding Mark II, III and IIV, however it was renamed the Lovell Telescope in 1987 after Sir Bernard Lovell and the following year became a Grade I listed building. On a clear enough day you can see the telescope for some of the high rise buildings in Manchester like Beetham Tower, it can even be seen from the Pennines, Snowdonia, Winter Hill and sometimes from Terminal 1 in Manchester Airport.

Lovell Telescope Manchester university Jordell Bank sunset

Lovell Telescope

In 2006 the telescope won the BBC competition for the UK’s best unsung landmark, this win was honourable as the following year marked the 5oth anniversary. The total mass of the telescope is 3200 tonnes, with the bowl weighing in at 1500 tonnes. While those numbers are incredible, it took 5,300 litres of paint for the structure to have three coats! 

Lovell Telescope Manchester university Jordell Bank sunset

Lovell Telescope as the sun goes down

Lovell Telescope Manchester university Jordell Bank sunset

Lovell Telescope as the sun goes down

 

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