The Green Bank Telescope weighs in at 17 million pounds, making it one of the largest movable manmade structures on Earth. Photo credit Jay Young.
The National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope (GBT) is one of the world’s largest moving structures. Sixteen wheels carry 17 million pounds on a steel track atop a concrete foundation, allowing it to rotate to pinpoint planets, stars, asteroids, and other astronomical phenomena across the Universe. A new award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will ensure it continues operating smoothly.(more…)
GBT data contributes to image of new black hole captured by EHT
In April 2017, as the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration prepared to point the world’s most powerful radio telescopes at the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole, Sagittarius A*, the team calibrated its instruments by observing another cosmic target. Located about 3.7 billion light-years away, J1924–2914 is a blazar: an active black hole that ejects a jet of particles and radiation toward Earth.(more…)
Permit applications for special deer hunt at Green Bank Observatory
The special hunts have been scheduled for Oct. 28-29 and Nov. 3-4, coordinated by the Observatory and WVDNR.(more…)
Jansky Lecturer will visit Green Bank Observatory
This year’s lecture at Green Bank Observatory will be held in the Green Bank Science Center on February 15th at 4:00 P.M. The Science Center and Galaxy Gift Shop will open at 3:00 P.M. for early arrivals. A brief reception will follow in the Science Center Atrium.
The Jansky Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but RSVPs are appreciated: https://forms.gle/zAMNAkHXE83KuFon8(more…)
West Virginia Students Use One of World’s Largest Telescopes
Governor’s STEM Institute brings nearly sixty rising 9th graders to Green Bank Observatory
This July 2022, nearly 60 students gathered in Green Bank, West Virginia, for the Governor’s STEM Institute (GSI.) These rising 9th graders competitively applied for this opportunity to experience science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through exciting hands-on experiences.(more…)