Press Photographer Jodrell Bank Cheshire

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A job for Manchester University, and a chance to see Jodrell Bank looking its best thanks to the lighting crew at the BBC.

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© Mark Waugh Manchester University Photographer


The stars were out at Jodrell Bank Observatory once again when it hosted the fourth series of Stargazing LIVE, the BBC’s hugely-popular space exploration show broadcast live from
the University’s iconic location.
Hosted by our own Professor Brian Cox and comedian Dara O Briain, the astronomy extravaganza – which aims to encourage everyone from the complete
beginner to the enthusiastic amateur to make the most of the night sky – was watched by 13 million viewers over three nights.
The series featured Professor Tim O’Brien and his colleagues racing against the clock to get scientific observations of a rare ‘Einstein ring’ made with the eMERLIN network in time for the final show.
And this year’s series also had an offshoot – CBeebies Stargazing, a special mini-series introducing children to the wonders of the night sky and the universe.
• The award-winning Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre looks set to expand thanks to a £250,000 donation by the Wolfson Foundation. The Discovery Centre has proved
a huge hit with visitors since opening in 2011, attracting more than 140,000 people last year alone. The Wolfson Foundation grant will pay towards a new Star Pavilion to complement the existing Planet and Space Pavilions.

About the telescope:

The Jodrell Bank Observatory (originally the Jodrell Bank Experimental Station, then the Nuffield Radio Astronomy Laboratories from 1966 to 1999; is a British observatory that hosts a number of radio telescopes, and is part of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester. The observatory was established in 1945 by Sir Bernard Lovell, a radio astronomer at the University of Manchester who wanted to investigate cosmic rays after his work on radar during the Second World War. It has since played an important role in the research of meteors, quasars, pulsars, masers and gravitational lenses, and was heavily involved with the tracking of space probes at the start of the Space Age. The managing director of the observatory is Professor Simon Garrington.
The main telescope at the observatory is the Lovell Telescope, which is the third largest steerable radio telescope in the world. There are three other active telescopes located at the observatory; the Mark II, as well as 42 ft (13 m) and 7 m diameter radio telescopes. Jodrell Bank Observatory is also the base of the Multi-Element Radio Linked Interferometer Network (MERLIN), a National Facility run by the University of Manchester on behalf of the Science and Technology Facilities Council.
The site of the observatory, which includes the Jodrell Bank Visitor Centre and an arboretum, is located in the civil parish of Lower Withington (the rest being in Goostrey civil parish), near Goostrey and Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, North West England.

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