The University of Manchester's site in Cheshire, home to its famous Lovell Telescope, has been selected as the next UK candidate to go forward for nomination to Unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) as a World Heritage Site.
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.
A World Heritage Site is listed by Unesco as a place with cultural or physical significance considered to be of "Outstanding Universal Value".
Such sites usually hold some historical, scientific, cultural, or other significance and are legally protected by worldwide treaties.
Jodrell Bank, which is home to the famous Lovell Telescope, is located near the Cheshire village of Goostrey. And according to latest reports, UNESCO has accepted its candidature for World Heritage status. Construction of this telescope was completed in 1957, and at that time, it was the world's largest telescope of its kind.
Established in 1945 by Sir Bernard Lovell, Jodrell Bank has been at the forefront of astrophysics for the past seven decades.
During later years, several other astronomers, as well as scientific institutions, have used this observatory to probe the universe and make some interesting observations.
Its team tracked the flight of the Soviet Union's Sputnik 1, the first-ever artificial satellite.
The observatory's discovery centre welcomes around 185,000 visitors each year include 26,000 school pupils on educational visits. Officials are now working to improve the visitors' facilities at the Center. The project consists of developing a visitor exhibition comprising of the history of Radio Astronomy.
Professor Teresa Anderson, director of Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre and a regular on the BBC's Stargazing Live, said: 'We have been preparing the case for the World Heritage Site inscription for Jodrell Bank Observatory for some years now, so it's absolutely fantastic to reach this milestone.