Open daily Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day;
Thursday -Monday during fall, winter and spring.
Adults (13+) $6.00, Children (7 - 12) $3.50, Seniors (65+) $3.00, 6 and under Free
Silhouetted dramatically against a mountainous backdrop in Green Bank, West Virginia is the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT), the largest fully steerable telescope on Earth. The GBT – 485 feet tall and weighing 17 million pounds – is the largest moving structure on land. It features clear optics and a computer controlled reflecting surface 2.3 acres in area!
It is fast becoming one of the county’s most popular destinations for individuals and groups of all ages!
Radio telescopes produce images of celestial bodies by recording the different amounts of radio emissions coming from the sky.
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) designs, builds and operates the world's most sophisticated and advanced radio telescopes. Scientists from around the world use these powerful tools to study the sun, planets, and other objects in our own solar system, as well as distant stars, galaxies, and other mysterious objects many millions, or even billions of light-years away.
Tour the NRAO and see first hand all 11 telescopes, one being the Tatel Telescope which is best known for being used by Frank Drake for the first search for extraterrestrial intelligence; most of the time was spent in basic exploration of the radio universe. It was used to conduct surveys of radio sources and to measure temperatures on Venus and the moon.