e-MERLIN / VLBI National Radio Astronomy Facility
Map of UK 
showing locations 
of e-MERLIN telescopes

Welcome to the e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility, the UK's facility for high resolution radio astronomy observations, operated by The University of Manchester for the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

e-MERLIN is an array of seven radio telescopes, spanning 217km, connected by a new optical fibre network to Jodrell Bank Observatory. The proposal call for Cycle 1 observations will be open in spring 2013, with some limitations in observing capabilities. In future cycles e-MERLIN should reach its final capabilities of:

e-MERLIN will address a broad range of scientific questions but its unique combination of angular resolution and sensitivity will be crucial for understanding:

The e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility provides the UK contribution to the European VLBI Network (EVN), which links telescopes across Europe and China for observations at milliarcsecond resolution. The EVN and JIVE pages outline the scientific, operational and technical capabilities.