The National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia, operates the world premiere astronomical telescope operating from centimeter to millimeter wavelengths.
The Observatory has an active engineering research and development program ranging in areas from digital, mechanical, structural, computational, and software engineering. The laboratories, utilities and support facilities make it an attractive location for a variety of research experiments, and it serves as the field station for several based research teams.The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, or GBT, is the world’s premiere single-dish radio telescope operating at meter to millimeter wavelengths. Its enormous 100-meter diameter collecting area, its unblocked aperture, and its excellent surface accuracy provide unprecedented sensitivity across the telescope's full 0.1 - 116 GHz (3.0m - 2.6mm) operating range. The single focal plane is ideal for rapid, wide-field imaging systems – cameras. Because the GBT has access to 85% of the celestial sphere, it serves as the wide-field imaging complement to ALMA and the EVLA. Its operation is highly efficient, and it is used for astronomy about 6500 hours every year, with 2000-3000 hours per year available to high frequency science.
Visit the Green Bank Telescope
The Green Bank Science Center is open year-round, and serves 40,000 visitors a year. Our 25,000 square foot facility contains the Catching the Wave Exhibit Hall, 150-seat auditorium, classrooms, a gift shop, and even a café.
We offer hands-on activities and StarLab planetarium sessions in addition to guided bus tours of the telescopes, including the world's largest moving telescope, the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope.