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.
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