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Press Release - 02 November 2007

Public lecture explores the depths of space

Local people will be able to hear about research that is exploring the furthest reaches of the universe, at a free public lecture at the University of Bath next week (6.45pm, Thursday 8 November 2007 in 8 West 1.1).

Professor Phil Diamond, Director of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, will talk about the research activities at the observatory, home to one of the world’s biggest and most powerful radio telescopes.

“For 50 years the giant Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank has been a familiar feature of the Cheshire landscape,” said Dr Gary Mathlin from University of Bath’s Department of Physics, one of the organisers of the lecture.

“It is also an internationally renowned landmark in the world of astronomy.

“In recent years it has played a leading role in many fields of astronomy, including the detection and study of a new population of pulsars, highly magnetized rotating neutron stars.

“It is also currently attracting great public interest through its participation in the most sensitive search ever for signals from extra-terrestrial intelligence.”

Professor Diamond will look back at some of the major scientific discoveries that have been made possible with the Lovell telescope, and will also describe some of the other events which have kept Jodrell Bank and the University of Manchester at the forefront of world astronomy.

He will also describe a vision for the future of the observatory and the scientists and engineers who work there.

Admission to the lecture is free and people can just turn up on the evening. The lecture starts at 6.45pm on Thursday 8 November 2007 in lecture theatre 8 West 1.1 on the University’s Claverton Down campus.

The lecture is organised annually by the University and the William Herschel Society in remembrance of the Bath astronomer who observed the planet Uranus in 1781, the first planet discovered since antiquity.

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