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..
More top news
The controversial former Deputy Leader of Liverpool Council Derek Hatton has re-joined the Labour Party 29 years after he was expelled.
Your NW pollen forecast for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Wet spell Wednesday evening. Windy with showers overnight into Thursday