Jodrell Bank


Jodrell Bank is the home of the "Lovell Telecope" one of the largest radio telescopes in the world. The telescope first came to public attention in 1957 when it successfully tracked the first ever artificial satellite, the Russian Sputnik.

The telescope weighs a total of 3200 tonnes and the bowl has a collecting area of 4560 square metres, or about one acre. The maximum height of the structure above ground is 89 metres. 5300 litres of paint are needed to cover the structure with 3 coats.


Due to a fortunate coincidence in timing, extensive engineering maintenance was being out during the summer of 1995 when the D:REAM video shoot was planned and it was possible to gain safe access to the structure without disrupting the research programme.
The Lovell telescope is often connected with other telescopes in Cheshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire and Cambridge to form MERLIN, the Multi-Element Radio-LInked Interferometer Network. Among its repertoire of successful research, MERLIN discovered gravitational lenses.

A gravitational lens has disorted this quasar, 1131+045. into a shape known as an Einstein ring.