Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics comprises research activites in astronomy and astrophysics at The University of Manchester, the world leading facilities of the Jodrell Bank Observatory, the MERLIN/VLBI National Facility, the Development Office of the Square Kilometre Array, and the Jodrell Bank Visitor Centre.

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Night Sky

Orion, Hyades and Pleiades seen from the Lake District - photo by Mike Peel

Having trouble finding the Andromeda Galaxy? Wondering where Jupiter is? Ian Morison describes what you can see in the UK night sky this month.

Planck Satellite


Planck challenges our understanding of the Universe

The cosmology results from ESA's Planck satellite have been released, yielding the most accurate values yet for the ingredients of our Universe.

e-MERLIN Call for Proposals

Image of the Double Quasar obtained by the e-MERLIN telescope array

e-MERLIN, is now fully operational providing sub-arcsecond and icrojansky radio imaging of the sky. Deadline for cycle-1 proposals is 17th June 2013.

ALMA inaugurated


The Atacama Large Millimeter / submillimeter Array (ALMA), the world's largest astronomical project, has been inaugurated in Chile, celebrating ALMA's transition from a construction project to a fully fledged observatory.

The Lovell Telescope

The Lovell Telescope - Photo by Anthony Holloway

Radio eye on the universe

The 76-m Lovell Telescope is the world's third largest, fully-steerable radio telescope and has stood proudly over the plains of Cheshire since 1957.

Square Kilometre Array

Artist's impression of the SKA

An International radiotelescope for the 21st century

Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics hosts the global headquarters of the world's next generation radio telescope, the €1.5bn Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

PhD Studentships

Postgraduate graduation

We have fully funded STFC fellowships to support PhD students in any area of astrophysics research starting in September. Students interested in being considered for one of these fellowships should apply as soon as possible.


Double pulsar

Cosmic Lighthouses

Formed in supernova explosions following the collapse of massive evolved stars, pulsars make superb cosmic clocks which are used to study some of the most extreme physics in the universe.



The hunt for Earth-2

This is an artists impression of OGLE-2005-BLG-390, a 5 Earth mass planet discovered using the microlensing effect. Find out more about our research on extra-solar planets

Active Galaxies


Active Galaxies are like normal galaxies except their central region is very bright over some or all of the electromagnetic spectrum.


Simulated fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background as will be seen by the Planck spacecraft

At Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics we study fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background, allowing us to probe the Universe at early times and make deductions about fundamental processes in cosmology.

Our Local Star

The Sun

Our nearest star may be a familiar sight in the daytime sky but it still holds many mysteries. At Jodrell Bank we study the complex interactions between plasma and magnetic fields in the solar corona.

Behind the Scenes

The Control Room during the First Light celebration

The Control Room is where the duty controller takes responsibility for the giant 76m Lovell Telescope and our other telescopes. Take a virtual behind-the-scenes tour of the observatory.

The Jodcast

Jodcast projected onto the Lovell Telescope - Photo by Anthony Holloway

Astronomy podcast

A twice-monthly podcast covering all aspects of astronomy including the latest news, what you can see in the current night sky, and interviews with astronomers.


Jodrell Bank engineer Phil Clarke - Photo by Ed Swinden

Engineers at Jodrell Bank Observatory needed more than just a jack and a brace when a steel tyre on the famous Lovell radio telescope cracked.

Sounds of Space

Sounds of space

In space nobody can hear you scream but that doesn't mean it is totally quiet. As mentioned on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme, Jodrell Bank's Dr Tim O'Brien explored the sounds of the cosmos on an episode of the Jodcast.



Come down to Earth from space and enjoy the Jodrell Bank nature experience. The 35 acre arboretum at the Visitor Centre will open your eyes to the environment and the world of trees.

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