About the Green Bank Observatory
The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, or GBT, is the world’s premiere single-dish radio telescope operating at meter to millimeter wavelengths.
Green Bank Observatory enables leading edge research at radio wavelengths by offering telescope, facility and advanced instrumentation access to the astronomy community as well as to other basic and applied research communities. With radio astronomy as its foundation, the Green Bank Observatory is a world leader in advancing research, innovation, and education.
60 years ago, the trailblazers of American radio astronomy declared this facility their home, establishing the first ever National Radio Astronomy Observatory within the United States and the first ever national laboratory dedicated to open access science. Today their legacy is alive and well.
From emergency services through youth sports and student mentoring, Green Bank staff play vital roles in the community
For 60 years Green Bank Observatory has offered educational programs to thousands of students annually
Quick Facts About Green Bank Observatory
Learn more about the two radio quiet zones which uniquely preserving the radio quiet skies for future generations.
We host eight large telescopes including the 100m Green Bank Telescope is the world's largest fully steerable telescope...
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