Jodrell Bank Observatory has been awarded Unesco World Heritage Site status and has been inscribed on the World Heritage List.
The site, famous for its iconic telescope named after the physicist Bernard Lovell, began scientific research in 1945, when Lovell used radio waves – rather than visible light – to help understand the universe.
Now recognised as a sit of Outstanding Universal Value, the Cheshire site joins the likes of Stonehenge and the Taj Mahal.
Run by the University of Manchester, Jodrell Ban’s newfound status represents an enormous accolade for the university and the region, but also for the UK’s contribution to astronomy and our understanding of the universe.
The award has been given as the cosmic-themed Bluedot festival is about to start at Jodrell Bank on 18 July. This year’s science, art and music festival coincides with the 50-year anniversary of the Apollo II lunar landing.
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