iNEWS: Jodrell Bank: inside the UK’s newest Unesco World Heritage site, which offers guided walks around the vast Lovell telescope

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Release date: 7/8/2019

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It was an ordinary night last year when, in the control room of Jodrell Bank, an out-of-hours technician turned the telescope towards a pulsar: a dead, spinning star so dense that a mere teaspoon of it would weigh the same as Everest.

“He picked it out of a list of 3,000 objects that night,” says fellow controller Olly King – technicians staff the control room that faces Jodrell’s huge, main telescope 24/7, and are given overnight lists of suggested things to point it at by scientists from the University of Manchester. Often at Jodrell that’ll be a pulsar, or a quasar (remnants of young galaxies).

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TitleJodrell Bank: inside the UK’s newest Unesco World Heritage site, which offers guided walks around the vast Lovell telescope
Media name/outletiNews
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date7/08/19
DescriptionIt was an ordinary night last year when, in the control room of Jodrell Bank, an out-of-hours technician turned the telescope towards a pulsar: a dead, spinning star so dense that a mere teaspoon of it would weigh the same as Everest.

“He picked it out of a list of 3,000 objects that night,” says fellow controller Olly King – technicians staff the control room that faces Jodrell’s huge, main telescope 24/7, and are given overnight lists of suggested things to point it at by scientists from the University of Manchester. Often at Jodrell that’ll be a pulsar, or a quasar (remnants of young galaxies).
URLhttps://inews.co.uk/inews-lifestyle/travel/jodrell-bank-observatory-unesco-world-heritage-site-lovell-telescope-tours/
PersonsOliver King