Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
Macclesfield
Cheshire
SK11 9DL
England

Website

E-mail

jodrell.visitor.centre@manchester.ac.uk

Telephone

01477 571 766

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The Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank

The University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers by directly engaging them with science at a major UK research facility.
A visit to the Centre includes the opportunity to see the world-famous Lovell Telescope at close quarters and explore exhibitions on astronomy and the science carried out at Jodrell Bank Observatory. The Discovery Centre also has a vibrant events programme in which visitors can meet scientists, hear about the latest discoveries and enjoy science shows.

Venue Type:

Science centre

Opening hours

Every day 10.00am to 5.00pm

Admission charges

Peak (without voluntary donation)
Adult £6.80
Child £5.00
Concession £5.00
Family 2+2 £21.80
Family 2+3 £26.00

Off peak
Adult £6.30
Child £4.50
Concession £4.50
Family 2+2 £20.00
Family 2+3 £24.00

*Child age 4-16 inclusive, under 4s free.
** Including 60+ and students

Getting there

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre can be found just off the A535 between Holmes Chapel and Alderley Edge, clearly signposted along the nearby roads with brown signs. We are approximately 6 miles from Junction 18 of the M6.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Astrophotography Night

  • 11 March 2015 7:30-9pm

Learn how to use your DSLR or Compact System Camera to get started in astrophotography. We will look at how you can use equipment you may already own, such as a tripod, to capture different images of the night sky such as constellations, the colours of stars and star trails. In addition we will look at additional equipment you can use to expand the range of images you can make.

Suitable for

Admission

£20.00 adults / £18.00 concessions / 10% discount annual pass holders

Website

http://events.manchester.ac.uk/event/event:yom-i3fs85j5-f82fvi/astrophotography-night

Get ready for the eclipse!

  • 14 — 15 March 2015

On Friday 20th March the Moon will move across the face of the Sun, blocking out much of its light in a partial eclipse. Discover more about how this phenomenon occurs and find out how to view it safely in our science show.

WARNING: YOU MUST NEVER VIEW THE SUN DIRECTLY, DOING SO CAN PERMANENTLY DAMAGE YOUR EYES

Please note that we are anticipating a high volume of people and while admission to the show is included in the admission price, tickets must be reserved in advance. Please call 01477 571766 to do this. The show is most suitable for people aged 5+. Shows will run at 11.00, 12.00, 13.30 and 14.30 each day.

Suitable for

Website

http://events.manchester.ac.uk/event/event:mzu-i4wy4bhb-rtf5gf/get-ready-for-the-eclipse

Science shows: The Moon and the eclipse

  • 21 — 22 March 2015
  • 28 — 29 March 2015

Join one of our fun and inspiring science shows to learn more about our moon. There will be rocket launches and demonstrations illustrating what it is like on the Moon. Shows run at 11.00, 12.00, 13.30 and 14.30 and last 30 mins. Suitable for children aged 5+. Free of charge but normal admission applies. Please telephone us to book your place in advance on 01477 571766.

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Website

http://events.manchester.ac.uk/event/event:ek-i5zgpeh8-c46ycd/science-shows-the-moon-and-the-eclipse

Lovell lecture - First light

  • 26 May 2015 7:30-9pm

Professor Dunlop will talk about how recent advances in observational astronomy, especially the refurbishment of the Hubble Space Telescope, let us to look back to within 500 million years of the Big Bang, and directly observe the emergence of the first galaxies.

Following the Big Bang, the Universe expanded and cooled until gravity caused the most dense regions of the universe to collapse and form the first stars and galaxies. Professor Dunlop will also describe how the next generation of facilities, including the long awaited James Webb Space Telescope, will shed new light on how today’s highly-structured and beautiful Universe emerged from the initial chaos of creation.

Pre-lecture dining is available in the Planet Pavilion Café. Our award winning cafe will be serving delicious pre-lecture dinners. Why not indulge in an evening treat?

Suitable for

Admission

£8 adults / £6 concession
10% discount for annual pass holders

Website

http://events.manchester.ac.uk/event/event:yl-i5zh3kzy-6t0ajv/lovell-lecture-first-light

Getting there

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre can be found just off the A535 between Holmes Chapel and Alderley Edge, clearly signposted along the nearby roads with brown signs. We are approximately 6 miles from Junction 18 of the M6.

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