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Jodrell Bank Internet Observatory (JBiO)

  Telescope Status: Control: Local Motors: Off Observation: Not Tracking Azimuth: 86.5 Elevation: 53.1

The Jodrell Bank Internet Observatory (JBiO) is a remotely-controlled 7-metre radio telescope used by full-time Undergraduate students of the University of Manchester, and for schools projects run by Jodrell Bank Observatory.

The data archive is freely available but access to the telescope control system requires Login using a username and password.

A general description of the JBiO telescope can be found by clicking on the Introduction link under the Documents side menu.

The above Telescope Status bar indicates whether the radio telescope is currently enabled for observing. The Monitor link under the Tools side menu shows the current status in more detail. If the status bar and the Monitor screen do not show control as "Remote" and the telescope motors are "Off", the telescope is probably not available for observing due to severe weather (high winds or snow) or is undergoing maintenance (usually Mondays).

The JBiO telescope is operated by Jodrell Bank Observatory, part of the School of Physics & Astronomy of the University of Manchester.


  • Movie Click here for a movie of the 7-metre telescope tracking a source whilst the Lovell Telescope conducts a HI survey and observes pulsars.
Tim O'Brien (web interface/control system, education), Christine Jordan (telescope control system), Alastair Gunn (web design/interface), Tim Ikin (receiver system), Stuart Lowe (SkyMap, photograph of 7m)
Jodrell Bank Observatory, School of Physics & Astronomy, The University of Manchester, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9DL, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1477 571321, Fax: +44 (0) 1477 571618