I'm in Manchester this week at the UK National Astronomy Meeting. As part of this, yesterday evening I went on a visit to the Jodrell Bank Observatory, with 120 other astronomers.
|NAM Astronomers at JBO|
|Jodrell Bank and a sheep|
|The Sun through the dish|
|Jodrell Bank and some daffodils|
|Jodell Bank and spring blossom|
|Jodrell Bank and a hedge of forsythia|
We got to walk under the dish too. Here we are crossing the track which the telescope uses to rotate in azimuth.
|Jodrell Bank azimuth track|
|Looking up at the base of Jodrell Bank|
|That's me directly under the centre of the dish|
Required picture of me with the dish
We also got a tour of the control room - and the set of BBC Stargazing LIVE of course.
And we're astronomers, so we like the details - this is some of the computers which run Jodrell Bank when it works with the eMerlin network of UK radio telescopes.
It need as "Totally Accurate Clock" to do this (actually that's totally true).
Our visit ended with a dinner in the cafe. We sat outside with the above view of the sky, and I saw Venus in the daytime finally. :) I think it's in the below image, but I haven't spotted it yet!
|Moon and Venus in daytime, 28th March 2012|