Jodrell Bank's new telescope array is being built in Australia and South Africa.
The Square Kilometre Array will be run from the observatory in Cheshire, combining signals from telescopes across the southern hemisphere.
Scientists will use the SKA to survey space faster and deeper than ever before. It will also be the biggest array of its kind in the world.
The government is investing £100m in the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, to scan the skies for clues to the evolution of the galaxy.
Jodrell will become the headquarters of a new radio telescope network called the Square Kilometre Array.
Science Minister, David Willets said: “Investment in science is a crucial part of this government’s long-term economic plan. It’s about investing in our future, helping grow new industries and create more jobs – and that will mean more financial security for people across the country.”
Jodrell Bank and its huge Lovell Telescope may be best known as a centre for the study of Astronomy.
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The funeral has taken place of the radio astronomer Sir Bernard Lovell.
Sir Bernard died earlier this month at the age of 98. He was the founder of the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire and built telescopes that are famous throughout British science and engineering.
Sir Bernard Lovell, one of the pioneers of radio astronomy and the man who gave his name to the telescope at Jodrell Bank, has died aged 98.
Jodrell Bank in Cheshire is to be the global headquarters for the world's biggest telescope.
Thousands of radio telescopes across the world will feed information to the new centre.
The project will see a purpose built facility at Jodrell Bank in a project costing over a billion pounds..
Jodrell Bank in Cheshire is to be the global headquarters for the World's biggest telescope.Thousands of radio telescopes across the world will feed information to the new centre in a project costing over a billion pounds.