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 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.