User:Mike Peel

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Hello, and welcome to my user page! I'm an astronomer and astrophysicist at Jodrell Bank, which is part of the University of Manchester. I work on the Planck satellite and the C-Band All Sky Survey. I was a founder of Wikimedia UK in 2008, and a trustee of it until 2013. I was also a member of the Wikimedia Foundation's Funds Dissemination Committee from 2012 to 2014.

I'm an administrator of this Wikipedia. I am open to recall if need be.

I'm also active on a number of the other Wikimedia projects, which means that I have multiple user pages. For a full list, see Special:CentralAuth/Mike_Peel. The main ones are:

  • Meta wiki - my user page for my involvement with the organisational side of Wikimedia
  • Wikimedia Commons - my user page for my photographic contributions to the Wikimedia projects.

My personal webpage is at

I'm currently supervising two summer students that are contributing content to Wikipedia: User:HannahFord428 and User:Anthul. There is more information about their project at User:Mike Peel/Summer student.

I've spent quite a lot of time on the following articles, and continue to follow their development and contribute where I can, although I don't own them:

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Did You Know? Trentham Monkey Forest Created article (8 March 2014}
Did you know that visitors can walk through Trentham Monkey Forest in Staffordshire without any barriers between them and the 140 Barbary macaque that live there? (11 March 2014)
Did You Know? Huxley Hoard Created article (1 March 2014)
Did you know that the Huxley Hoard, discovered near Huxley, Cheshire in 2004 and now on display at the Museum of Liverpool, consists of 21 flattened silver bracelets and one silver ingot? (10 March 2014)
Did You Know? Aqua Luna Created article (21 August 2013)
Did you know that the Chinese junk ship Aqua Luna was launched in 2006 after 18 months of construction in traditional style, but is powered by a motor rather than its three sails? (6 September 2013, thanks to Chase Me)
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Did You Know?Good article Astrid (brig) Created article (25 July 2013)
Did you know that the tall ship Astrid served as a lugger, an alleged drug smuggling boat, and luxury sailing ship during its 95-year history? (9 August 2013)
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Did You Know? 40-foot telescope Created article (22 Nov 2008)
Did you know that William Herschel's 40-foot telescope (pictured) was the largest telescope in the world for 50 years? (27 November 2008)
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Did You Know?Good article AMiBA Created article (21 October 2008)
Did you know that AMiBA (pictured) is a radio telescope located on Mauna Loa in Hawaii that is being used to observe the Cosmic Microwave Background and the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect in clusters of galaxies? (27 October 2008)
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Did You Know?Good article Upper Brook Street Chapel, Manchester Created article (16 March 2008)
Did you know that the Upper Brook Street Chapel in Manchester, designed by Sir Charles Barry shortly before he designed the Palace of Westminster, is said to be the first neogothic Nonconformist chapel? (21 March 2008)
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Big Bang Mainly bringing it back up to Featured Article status during its FAR
List of space telescopes Written from scratch
List of NASA Administrators Merged two existing lists, reformatted, referenced and intro written.
List of solar eclipses in the 21st century Reformatted, completed and added details to an existing, incomplete list.
List of moons Based on work by User:RandomCritic, reformatted and referenced. Put through FLC by User:Serendipodous.
Good article Jodrell Bank Observatory
B of the Bang
Did You Know? Mark II (radio telescope) ...that the Mark II radio telescope built in 1964 at Jodrell Bank Observatory, UK was the first telescope to be controlled by a digital computer? 22 November 2006
Did You Know? Gamma (satellite) ...that Gamma, a gamma-ray telescope, was launched on 11 July 1990, 25 years after it was originally conceived? 7 March 2007
Did You Know? Astronomical Netherlands Satellite ...that the first Dutch satellite, the Astronomical Netherlands Satellite, had the Main Belt asteroid 9996 ANS named after it? 8 March 2008
Did You Know?Good article Hulme Arch Bridge ...that Hulme Arch Bridge in Manchester (pictured) follows the design of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, and rejoins two halves of a road that was sundered in 1969? 5 April 2008 Hulme Arch Bridge 1.jpg
Did You Know? Barnes Hospital ...that broken remains of three medieval high crosses were found in 1874 during the construction of Barnes Hospital in Cheadle, Greater Manchester, but the location of only one is known today? 21 April 2008
Did You Know? Platt Fields Park ...that Platt Fields Park in Manchester, England, was used as a country park for over 400 years before being converted for public use in 1908–1910? 25 April 2008
Did You Know? QUIET ... that QUIET, an astronomy experiment due to start observing in 2008 at the Llano de Chajnantor Observatory, will make measurements of the polarization of the cosmic microwave background radiation? 28 May 2008
Did You Know? Cine City, Withington ... that Cine City in Manchester, England, the third cinema to open in England in 1912 as "The Scala", has recently been demolished? 4 July 2008
Did You Know? Cill Chriosd ... that the ruined Cill Chriosd (pictured), also known as Kilchrist or Christ's Church, was the parish church of Strathaird, Skye, until 1840? 20 June 2010 Cill Chriosd