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Inspiring Day at Jodrell Bank

The U6 Physics students visited the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, home of the iconic Lovell Space Telescope. This mightily impressive structure is the third-largest steerable radio telescope in the world, rising 89m above the countryside and with a dish 76m in diameter. The students found out all about the history of the telescope, as well as the ground-breaking science that it still plays a lead role in to this day, such as the discovery of pulsars.

They were able to witness the various stages in the life-cycle of stars in an inflatable planetarium. They also participated in a workshop where they learnt how to identify pulsars using data from the radio telescope.

This was a truly inspiring day, which will also be of great help to the students as they embark on the Astrophysics section of their A-level course.

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