Jodrell Bank Observatory On Shortlist To Become A UNESCO World Heritage Site

“The Lovell Telescope is a radio telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory, near Goostrey, Cheshire in the north-west of England. The telescope was the largest steerable dish radio telescope in the world at 76.2 m (250 ft) in diameter when it was constructed in 1955. It is now the third largest, after the Green Bank telescope in West Virginia, USA, and the Effelsberg telescope in Germany. It was originally known as the 250 ft (76 m) telescope or the Radio Telescope at Jodrell Bank, before becoming the Mark I telescope around 1961 when future telescopes (the Mark II, III, and IV) were being discussed. It was renamed to the Lovell Telescope in 1987 after Bernard Lovell, and became a Grade I listed building in 1988. The telescope forms part of the MERLIN and European VLBI Network arrays of radio telescopes.
More than 800 places around the world have been granted UNESCO World Heritage status for their “global importance”.  If  the bid is successful, Jodrell Bank would be listed  alongside the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and the Egyptian Pyramids. According to UNESCO, which oversees the World Heritage list, contenders need to demonstrate that they have a ‘cultural or natural significance important to the common heritage of humanity’.

Over the past 50 years, the Lovell Telescope had made a number of significant discoveries furthering our understanding of the universe.  Jodrell’s astronomers have tracked Sputnik, discovered quasars and confirmed Einstein’s theory of gravity.  As a result, their World Heritage bid recognises not only Jodrell’s past achievements, but also the work it does every day.

The Lovell Telescope listens to the night sky for radio signals from space at Jodrell Bank on June 22, 2011 in Holmes Chapel, England. Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics and it’s world famous Lovell Telescope is on the shortlist of Britain’s submission for Unesco World Heritage Site status. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Engineers carry out maintenance on the focus box inside the 76 metre dish of the the Lovell Telescope on June 21, 2011 in Holmes Chapel, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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