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The Lovell Telescope

 

Conceived during the winter of 1948/49 by Sir Bernard Lovell the radio telescope carrying his name was completed in 1957. For over 50 years the giant Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank has been a familiar feature of the Cheshire landscape and an internationally renowned landmark in the world of astronomy.

 

Since the summer of 1957 it has been quietly probing the depths of space. Even now, it remains one of the biggest and most powerful radio telescopes in the world, spending most of its time investigating cosmic phenomena which were undreamed of when it was conceived.

 

Weighing in at 3,200 tonnes and a dish diameter of 76 metres, the telesope runs on a circular track with a diameter of 107.5 metres, it was upgraded in 2002 to provide a much greater precision than it was originally thought possible with the original design. The Lovell telescope is also now part of a UK Multi Array system called MERLIN that allows far greater research of the skies around us.

 

The Lovell Telescope

 

Conceived during the winter of 1948/49 by Sir Bernard Lovell the radio telescope carrying his name was completed in 1957. For over 50 years the giant Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank has been a familiar feature of the Cheshire landscape and an internationally renowned landmark in the world of astronomy.

 

Since the summer of 1957 it has been quietly probing the depths of space. Even now, it remains one of the biggest and most powerful radio telescopes in the world, spending most of its time investigating cosmic phenomena which were undreamed of when it was conceived.

 

Weighing in at 3,200 tonnes and a dish diameter of 76 metres, the telesope runs on a circular track with a diameter of 107.5 metres, it was upgraded in 2002 to provide a much greater precision than it was originally thought possible with the original design. The Lovell telescope is also now part of a UK Multi Array system called MERLIN that allows far greater research of the skies around us.

 

comments (9)

  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Jun 2011, 07:57
The trees give this great scale, Les, and the lowering skies give it mystery. It looks like an alien ship/monitor. I even like the hint of green color. smile
Les Auld: I like the alien connection Ginnie, thanks for the comment.
We went past this Telescope a few weeks back it is simply awesome to behold.
Les Auld: You feel so small when you stand next to it Martin, thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 6 Jun 2011, 08:42
Who would have thought it would still be here after all these years Les: it clearly is doing really important work
Les Auld: Clearly so Chris, thanks for the comment.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 6 Jun 2011, 08:47
In the digital age this master piece is holding its own
Les Auld: It is indeed Vintage, thanks for the comment.
very well composed, the low colour and deep, heavy clouds go well with this subject.
Les Auld: Thanks Ayush, appreciate the comment.
It is amazing how all this works and really interesting for those who deal with its information smile
Les Auld: Basically some bits of metal put together in a particular way and then you get signals from the ether. Thanks for the comment Linda.
It certainly seems to be a great size Les, I have never seen, not even from afar.
Les Auld: A little off the beaten track Brian, but it is pretty big. Thanks for the comment.
Nice shot Les
Les Auld: Thanks John.
Great shot.
Les Auld: Thanks you Amol, appreciate the comment.

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