Jodrell in the news

I am in Oban on the west coast of Scotland sitting in an Internet cafe. I've been up mountains every day since Saturday and yesterday went up Ben Nevis for the first time. Today is an off day and I managed to buy the newspaper as the Guardian has a science section on a Thursday.

What a suprise when I discovered Jodrell Bank on the front page of the Life section. The article seemed to be partly critical of Jodrell Bank implying that it is at the centre of a controversy in astronomy. It seems to imply that the upgrade of MERLIN (Multi-Element Radio Linked Interferometer Network) to eMERLIN is an unecessary cost and that it won't contribute much. It mentions that the US upgrades (eVLA etc.) will happen around 2009 and that this will be the end of Jodrell - I would say they were complementary. It also mentions the SKA (Square Kilometre Array) but completely forgets to mention that Jodrell is pretty much leading the way for the UK in SKA involvement. From what I hear on my email, it has been causing suprise at Jodrell as the whole article implies the observatory is on its last legs. Why must national newspapers always insist that Jodrell is about to close?

For interest, the large photo used in the main article seems to have been taken from the other side of the Manchester-Crewe line in what is a farmer's field. I hope they got permission!

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Thursday 03rd Jun 2004 (15:30 UTC) | Permalink
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