Sugars and other pre-biotic molecules in interstellar space have been found, meaning that life is possible beyond Earth.

The trailblazers of American radio astronomy called Green Bank Observatory home over 60 years ago. Today, their legacy is alive and well. Nestled in the mountain ranges and farmland of West Virginia, within the National Quiet Zone, radio astronomers are listening to the remote whispers of the universe, in order to discover answers to our most astounding astronomical questions.

Explore radio science

The Green Bank Telescope

From pulsars to black holes to searching for aliens, our GBT Science programs range from comets to cosmology.

Discover the science behind our GBT



Pre-K through post-graduate, we blur the boundaries between science, engineering and education.

Find an educational program right for you


Events and Workshops

Bike races, star parties, SETI tours, scientific workshops, and radio astronomy schools...

Add our next on-site event to your calendar


Green Bank Observatory Inauguration

Four years after the National Science Foundation announced it would drop funding for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank effective Oct. 1, 2016, the Pocahontas County research center remains alive and well, and as of last week, proudly independent. The National Radio Astronomy Observatory sign at the entrance to the 60-year-old research center along W.Va. 28 has been rep


Proposed Changes for Green Bank Observatory Operations

November 9, 2016

The National Science Foundation has announced two public scoping meetings and a public comment period for the planned environmental impact statement and proposed changes to Green Bank Observatory operations. The public scoping meetings will be held on November 9, 2016 from 3-5pm and 6-8pm at the Green Bank Observatory Science Center.


Its huge collecting area allows us to see these incredibly small energies that we're trying to study. The types of energies we look at are less than the energy of a single snowflake falling on the earth.

Karen O'Neil, GBO Director