For over 50 years the giant Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank has been a familiar feature of the Cheshire landscape and an internationally renowned landmark in the world of astronomy.
The Lovell Telescope is named after its creator, and the first Director of Jodrell Bank, Sir Bernard Lovell, who died in 2012 at the age of 98.
This video montage was projected onto the Lovell Telescope in order to commemorate the life, achievements and dreams of a man whose tenacity and passion for knowledge advanced science across the world.
Since the summer of 1957 this device has been quietly probing the depths of space, a symbol of our wish to understand the universe in which we live. Even now, it remains one of the biggest and most powerful radio telescopes in the world, spending most of its time investigating cosmic phenomena which were undreamed of when it was conceived.
It is seen here in live accompaniment with the Hallé Orchestra, who are performing Sibelius' Symphony No. 2 in D, OP43. The piece was conducted by Sir Mark Elder and produced by Steve Portnoi on the Hallé label.
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