21-24 July 2022 Jodrell Bank Observatory

Happy 50th Birthday Pulsars!

This year marks the 50th anniversary since the discovery of pulsars by Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Anthony Hewish in 1967. Rene will look back at the highlights of the last five decades of research about these incredible cosmic lighthouses whose history is closely interconnected with Jodrell Bank. Initially suspected to be alien signals, pulsars are in fact compact dead stars which later revealed to display exotic distortions of spacetime predicted by Einstein’s relativity and to host the first planet discovered outside our Solar System.

Presented by Rene Breton

Find out more about pulsars at the Jodrell Bank’s Making Light of the Universe stand or in the Space Pavilion exhibition. Both are situated in the Star Field.

Days

Saturday 2017