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2008-07-09 16:20:00

Funding for one of the world's leading radio astronomy centers has now been secured, according to Manchester University, the site's owner. Jodrell Bank in Cheshire, an observatory that has made many key discoveries as well as tracking the moon landings, was in danger of closing due to uncertainty of proper funding for its key new project, the eMerlin network. The network, which ties together radio dishes across the UK, now has the necessary money in place. The observatory, home to the giant...

2006-07-20 10:12:03

A team of astronomers from the UK and Germany have found that a nuclear explosion on the surface of a star 5,000 light years from Earth resulted in a blast wave moving at over 1,700 km per second. Dr. Richard Porcas from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn coordinated the observations with the European VLBI network (EVN). The discovery, reported in the 20th July issue of Nature, was made by bringing together many of the world's radio telescopes into arrays capable of seeing...

2006-04-04 19:10:00

Astronomers based at Jodrell Bank Observatory have discovered a giant bridge of methyl alcohol, spanning approximately 288 billion miles, wrapped around a stellar nursery.  The gas cloud could help our understanding of how the most massive stars in our galaxy are formed. The new observations were taken with the UK's MERLIN radio telescopes, which have recently been upgraded.  The team studied an area called W3(OH), a region in our galaxy where stars are being formed by the...

2006-02-21 18:00:42

Jodrell Bank -- Astronomers of the University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Observatory (UK) have led an international team which used the Parkes radio telescope in Australia to find a new kind of cosmic object which sends out radio flashes. These flashes are very short and very rare: one hundredth of a second long, the total time the objects are visible amounts to only about one tenth of a second per day. The discovery will be published in this week's issue of the journal Nature. Eleven...

2006-01-25 13:00:00

PPARC -- European funding has now been agreed to start designing the world's largest telescope. The "Square Kilometre Array" (SKA) will be an international radio telescope with a collecting area of one million square metres -- equivalent to about 200 football pitches -- making SKA 200 times bigger than the University of Manchester's Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank and so the largest radio telescope ever constructed. Such a telescope would be so sensitive that it could detect TV Broadcasts...

2005-09-01 09:19:51

RAS -- A speeding, superdense neutron star somehow got a powerful "kick" that is propelling it completely out of our Milky Way Galaxy into the cold vastness of intergalactic space. Its discovery is puzzling astronomers who used the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) radio telescope to directly measure the fastest speed yet found in a neutron star. The neutron star is the remnant of a massive star born in the constellation Cygnus that exploded about two and a half...

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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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