We are here...

To Discover.

We are here to discover black holes, stellar birth, pulsars, Big Bang energy, universe expansion, and the very origins of life.

We are here...

To See the Unseen.

We are here to harness the power of radio waves to explore astronomy.

Gravitational Constant Remains the Same Across the Universe

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Testing matter at extreme densities

Unique laboratory for understanding the nature of matter

The GBT allows scientists to study matter at densities higher than anywhere else in the Universe, providing answers to fundamental questions about the nature of matter.

Gravitational Waves

Confirming the Nature of Gravitational Waves

The GBT is a key instrument in the experiment to detection gravitational waves thorugh tiny blips in the timing of rapidly rotating neutron stars, known as pulsars.

Life's First Handshake: Chiral Molecule Detected in Interstellar Space

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Connect Organic Chemistry in Space with Life on Earth

How common are the building blocks of life?

The GBT is used to discover and measure interstellar chemical processes to determine the characteristics of pre-biotic chemistry in star-forming regions

How diConnect Organic Chemistry in Space with Life on Earthd life arrive on Earth?

How did life arrive on Earth?

Rapid imaging of cometary molecules sets boundary conditions on solar system chemistry The GBT is the only telescope in the world which can provide the needed instantaneous sensitivity, resolution, and sky coverage

Orion rocks! Pebble-size particles may jump-start planet formation

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Understanding how and why planets form

Pebble-Size Particles May Jump-Start Planet Formation

The GBT can image the Universe at the time when planets are just beginning to form, and see the pebbles of dust coalescing into pletoids

Understanding the Solar System

How did life's building blocks arrive on Earth?

Working with radar systems in California and Puerto Rico, the GBT can determine the interior of planets and moons, map the rocky surface of the moon, and help understand how our planets was formed

Earth-Size Diamond Star Discovered in Space

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Understanding the formation of stars

Stellar formation and Evolution

How do star clusters form and evolve? What is the role of filaments? Where do high mass stars form? These are the types of questions scientists using the GBT are studying every day.

Mapping the Cosmic Web

The formation and evolution of galaxies and clusters of galaxies

The GBT is the only telescope in the world which can reliably map gas to extremely low densities, and it is providing insight into where, how, and why galaxies form and evolve

We are all Made of Stars. Without stars, we wouldn’t be here. Stars produce basic elements, like Carbon, the foundation of the complex molecules which make up life. It is likely that all elements – everything

we see hear, and touch – are created during a star’s life cycle. The Green Bank Telescope taught astronomers that the Milky Way is an organic galaxy, dominated by Carbon-based molecules.

Science with the GBT