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A powerful new radio telescope network that will allow astronomers to carry out three years' worth of observations in a single day received its first signals from space today.
Engineers and astronomers at the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire saw "first light" with e-Merlin, successfully processing signals from two of the telescopes in the seven-telescope network.


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A super-powerful new radio telescope network - which will allow astronomers to carry out three years worth of observations in a single day - has received its first signals from space at the University of Manchesters Jodrell Bank Observatory
Engineers and astronomers at the Cheshire site have seen first light with e-MERLIN, successfully processing signals from two of the telescopes in the seven-telescope network.
e-MERLIN is designed to make detailed radio images of stars and galaxies using seven telescopes spread up to 217 km apart across the UK.

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Jodrell Bank last week joined forces with 16 observatories to create a virtual telescope equivalent to the size of the Earth.
It was the first time so many dishes around the world had been linked together in real-time.
During the 33-hour experiment each observatory took its turn to provide data as the planet turned.

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Radio telescopes around the world will join forces this week to carry out a unique observation of three quasars, distant galaxies powered by super-massive black holes at their cores. The nearly continuous 33-hour observation will be conducted on Jan 15-16 as part of a demonstration at the opening event for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA 2009) in Paris.
17 telescopes in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America, including several operated from the University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Observatory, will take part in the mammoth project.


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Christmas at Jodrell Bank
Try something different this christmas. Enjoy a visit to Jodrell Bank, experience the unique Lovell Radio Telescope, wander around the Arboretum and take a Journey to Mars in the 3D Theatre. Then sit down to a wonderful home cooked three course Christmas lunch.

Three course Christmas lunch, admission and 3D theatre show for 11.99

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The creator of the giant space telescope at the Jodrell Bank Observatory in the UK has disclosed after 50 years that the telescope was secretly modified to track incoming Soviet nuclear missiles during the Cold War.
According to a report in Telegraph, the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank was set up to provide a four-minute warning of missile attacks during the Cold War, its creator, Sir Bernard Lovell, has disclosed.

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Scientists are expected to delve further into space than ever before within the next two months.
Jodrell Bank hopes to receive the first results of its e-Merlin project before Christmas.
Dr Tim OBrien said experts should eventually see the best ever pictures of far-off galaxies.

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Jodrell funding - epetition response

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Jodrell Bank has proved Albert Einsteins theory that objects in space wobble as they spin.
Astronomers studied a dead star to show that like a spinning top the angle, at which it rotates, changes over time.
Einstein predicted that gravitational effect 92 years ago in his general theory of relativity.

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