Green Bank Observatory

Here in Pocahontas County, we boast some out of this world adventure – literally! Play astronomer for the day.

Discover how radio astronomers learn about the universe by stopping in Green Bank Observatory’s Science Center, going behind the scenes with a High Tech Tour or getting up close and personal with the Green Bank Telescope (the world’s largest steerable telescope).
With daily tours, Green Bank Observatory gives you the chance to discover the world of radio astronomy. Exploring the universe is no easy feat, so you’ll want to fuel up – check out the Starlight Cafe, where you can enjoy wraps, sandwiches, hand-dipped ice cream and more.

While you’re there, stop in the Galaxy Gift Shop to snag some “stellar” gifts, apparel and WV artisan souvenirs.

Green Bank Observatory is located in the National Radio Quiet Zone, a 13,000 square mile region if minimized radio signal interference designated by the US Government in 1958 to create a safe haven for radio astronomy. Please plan to turn off your cell phone and other wireless devices when arriving at the Green Bank Observatory.

Motor coach groups welcome

Tours can be scheduled any day of the week. For convenience, and to guarantee a guided tour, please make advanced reservations. A $3 per person fee is required for motor coach groups. Group meals also available.

School and Scout groups are welcome. 

 Tours can be scheduled any day of the week. We can tailor a program to your group. Tour reservations are free for organized school and scout groups; advance arrangements are required.

Informal Groups are welcome.

 If your group is traveling by car, we will incorporate your group into the regularly scheduled public tours. If you have a group of 20 or more people, we appreciate knowing in advance.


Green Bank Observatory
81 Observatory Road
Green Bank
West Virginia




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Route 28/92 in Green Bank