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2011-04-15 06:40:47

A powerful new telescope is allowing an international team led by University of Manchester scientists to have their "best-ever look" at pulsars "“ rapidly rotating neutron stars created when massive stars die. In the first scientific results from the new European telescope LOFAR (Low Frequency Array) to appear in a journal "“ Astronomy & Astrophysics "“ the scientists present the most sensitive, low-frequency observations of pulsars ever made. The International LOFAR...

2011-04-04 12:44:37

Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire has been selected to take part in a $2.1 billion project to build the world's biggest radio telescope. Jodrell Bank signed an agreement with Australia, China, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Germany Italy, and the U.K. to run the Square Kilometer Array (SKA). SKA is designed to answer some key questions about the Universe. They have not decided on the location of the project but it could be built in Australia or Southern Africa. The...

2010-12-10 10:35:00

Spearheaded by the University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Observatory and funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council, the e-MERLIN telescope will allow astronomers to address key questions relating to the origin and evolution of galaxies, stars and planets. To demonstrate its capabilities, University of Manchester astronomers turned the new telescope array toward the "Double Quasar". This enigmatic object, first discovered by Jodrell Bank, is a famous example of Einstein's...

2010-06-25 09:15:00

An international team of scientists including University of British Columbia astronomer Ingrid Stairs has discovered a promising way to fine-tune pulsars into the best precision time-pieces in the Universe. The discovery could give astronomers a new tool to study the powerful gravitational forces that shaped the universe. Pulsars--incredibly fast spinning collapsed stars--have been studied in great detail since their discovery in 1967. The extremely stable rotation of these 'cosmic clocks'...

2010-05-12 10:40:04

The SKA Program Development Office (SPDO) announced on May 11 the appointment of Mr Kobus Cloete to the role of Project Manager and Dr Minh Huynh to the role of Deputy International SKA Project Scientist. The appointments are made at a crucial stage in the finalization of the design for the world's largest radio telescope. Kobus will lead the growing international SKA development team and coordinate work on the technical design of the telescope. He gained extensive experience working in the...

2010-04-22 11:30:00

Pulsars in many octaves A unique combination of telescopes allowed astronomers to simultaneously observe the radio wavelength light from six different pulsars across wavelengths from only 3.5 centimetres up to 7 metres - a difference-factor of 200, providing an unprecedented view of how radio pulsars shine. For this world record in wavelength coverage, the international team, including scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, used the new European LOFAR telescope, in...

2010-04-14 08:58:31

Astronomers from the University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics and the Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur in France have used the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile to discover discs of dust around ageing stars. The images will be presented by Foteini (Claire) Lykou on Wednesday April 14th at the RAS National Astronomy Meeting (NAM2010) in Glasgow. "This is the first time we have ever observed in these dusty discs in such detail," said Ms Lykou. Towards the end of its life,...

2010-04-14 08:28:59

Radio astronomers at the University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Observatory have discovered a strange new object in a nearby galaxy. The object, which appeared very suddenly in radio wavelengths and shows no signs of going away, does not appear to be like anything that has been seen in the Milky Way.  Dr Tom Muxlow will present the discovery at the National Astronomy Meeting in Glasgow on Wednesday April 14th. The galaxy, known as M82, is 10 million light years away and is a stellar...

2009-04-20 10:27:37

Astronomers with the e-Merlin system of telescopes have seen "Ëœfirst light' as they look forward to being able to see further and more clearly than ever before. "The new optical fiber network, together with new electronics at each telescope and a powerful new "Ëœcorrelator' which combines the signals at Jodrell Bank, will make the telescope one of the most powerful of its type in the world," said Professor Simon Garrington, Director of e-Merlin. "The e-Merlin fiber...

2008-07-10 18:00:09

The Jodrell Bank telescope has been secured for the "medium and long term future", the University of Manchester said yesterday. The Government's Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has agreed to contribute towards the running costs of the radio astronomy centre in Cheshire, the university said. The cash will initially provide two years of funding for the e- MERLIN project, which comprises two telescopes at Jodrell Bank, as well as dishes at Pick-mere and Darnhall in...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Jodrell Bank Observatory -- The Jodrell Bank Observatory, near Macclesfield, Cheshire in the north west of England is a part of the University of Manchester. It has played an important part in the research into quasars and pulsars, as well as the first detection of a gravitational lens in 1979, confirming one of Einstein's theories. It was established in 1945 by Dr. Bernard Lovell, who wanted to investigate cosmic rays after his work on radar in World War II. The first radio...

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