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Discovering Jodrell Bank

U6 Physics students visited the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire recently, home of the iconic Lovell Space Telescope.

This mightily impressive structure is the third largest steerable radio telescope in the world, rising 89m above the countryside and with a dish 76m in diameter. The students found out all about the history of the telescope, as well as the ground-breaking science that it still plays a lead role in to this day, such as the discovery of pulsars.

Students were able to witness the various stages in the life-cycle of stars in an inflatable planetarium. They also used real data from the telescope to calculate the mass of a rotating galaxy, revealing the presence of mysterious dark matter!

This was a truly inspiring day, which will also be of great help to the students as they embark on the Astrophysics section of their A-level course.

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