The Jodrell Bank Observatory is aiming to join Stonehenge and the Taj Mahal in gaining coveted World Heritage Site status.
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Manchester, said: "As an institution that is known for its internationally leading research, it is very fitting that our rich heritage in science has received such acclaim".
The Observatory, which has just celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the iconic Lovell Telescope, and has recently announced new listed buildings, is now preparing the papers for nomination, which will be submitted to UNESCO in January 2018.
'The Lovell Telescope in particular has become an icon for science and engineering, and we look forward to showcasing the rich scientific heritage of this and the wider site on an worldwide stage'.
Jodrell Bank Observatory is located in Cheshire and is home to the famous, Grade I-listed #Lovell Telescope. Construction of this telescope was completed in 1957, and at that time, it was the world's largest telescope of its kind.
In July the Lake District became the latest United Kingdom site to be named a World Heritage Site by Unesco. UNESCO awards the World Heritage site to those places whose cultural and physical significance is considered to be of "Outstanding Universal Value". "This rich history is still being written with the execution of state-of-the art astronomical research programs on the Lovell Telescope". Sir Lovell was a radio astronomer and was keen to probe cosmic rays after completion of his work on radar during the WWII.
Several months later scientists used the telescope to track the flight of the Soviet Union's Sputnik 1, the first-ever artificial satellite.
Every year, around 185,000 people, including thousands of students, visit the Discovery Center of this observatory. A project to make a gallery narrating the story of radio astronomy is also in progress. Prof Teresa Anderson, director of the Discovery Centre, said that Jodrell Bank Observatory holds a "rich scientific heritage" and it is wonderful to reach the new milestone.