Jodrell Bank, a radio observatory near Manchester in the UK, hosts a number of radio telescopes. The observatory was established in 1945 by Bernard Lovell (later to become Sir), a radio astronomer who wanted to investigate cosmic rays after his work on radar during the Second World War. Jodrell Bank Observatory is also the base of the Multi-Element Radio Linked Interferometer Network (MERLIN). The BBC's annual Stargazing Live astronomy series is broadcast from the Discovery Centre at the observatory. The observatory also produces podcasts for astronomy enthusiasts every fortnight.

Jodrell Bank Resources
Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics
Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics comprises research activities in astronomy and astrophysics at The University of Manchester, the world leading facilities of the Jodrell Bank Observatory, the e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility and the Project Development Office of the Square Kilometre Array. The Jodrell Bank Observatory site also welcomes visitors to the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre.

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
The Discovery Centre provides a great day out for all the family. You can explore the wonders of the universe and learn more about the workings of the giant Lovell Telescope.

Sir Bernard Lovell
He was the first Director of Jodrell Bank Observatory, from 1945 to 1980.