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Site Facilities

Site Facilities


The Green Bank Observatory is a cutting-edge research and education facility which hosts the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope, the 100m Green Bank Telescope, as well as many other research class instruments, a forefront engineering research and development laboratory, and a highly successful series of STEM education and training programs.  The Green Bank facility has been a resource for students, engineers, scientists, and educators for more than 50 years.  Currently the facility hosts more than 50,000 visitors a year, including more than 3,000 students annually who take part in the various on-site educational programs, as well as a few hundred scientists, engineers, students, and educators who come on-site to use the research facility as well as take part in 1 day – 2 week workshops and educational programs.

To accommodate visitors and groups coming to use the facilities, the Green Bank Observatory hosts numerous houses, four full apartments, a dormitory that sleeps up to 60 students, approximately 16 hotel-style rooms, campgrounds, a cafeteria that can serve up to 75 people in one sitting, a smaller café, three classrooms, two auditoriums, recreation facilities, student telescopes, etc.  The housing and other facilities make the Green Bank site an excellent location for workshops and meetings and serve to house visitors on site whom are taking part in research, development, and educational activities.  The Green Bank Observatory is located just 10 minutes from the Cass Scenic Railroad State Park and 30 minutes from Snowshoe Mountain Resort.

Please note that the Green Bank Observatory is within the National Radio Quiet Zone. Cell service and wireless internet are not available at the facility. Wireless devices are also prohibited on the site. 

Site lodging is provided only for visitors taking part in organized activities on site, or coming to use one of the the sites many telescopes.

Below is a description of the types of services available.  For more information, or to discuss a possible visit, please contact reservations@gbobservatory.org [1].

Lodging Facilities

The Green Bank Observatory has the following housing options available:

Classrooms, Auditoriums, etc.

The Green Bank Observatory has the following spaces available for use:

Educational Opportunities

We have a wide variety of educational activities on site, ranging in length of time from 30 minutes to overnight.  A list of possible activities for your groups is given below, but we are always happy to work with you to customize the activities to meet your needs and schedule.  More details about these activities can be found here [2].

Food Services

Recreation Facilities

Other available equipment