Green Bank Observatory mourns the loss of Frank Drake

Drake speaking at the 2017 dedication of the “new” Green Bank Observatory.

Frank Drake, one of the first scientists to come to Green Bank and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, died at his home in Aptos, California on September 2.


Green Bank Observatory Receives $5.3 million from National Science Foundation To Repair Foundation of One of World’s Largest Telescopes

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. 


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.


Permit applications for special deer hunt at Green Bank Observatory

image of the Green Bank Telescope in the Fall

The special hunts have been scheduled for Oct. 28-29 and Nov. 3-4, coordinated by the Observatory and WVDNR.


Jansky Lecturer will visit Green Bank Observatory

Professor Françoise Combes has been awarded the 2022 Karl G. Jansky Lectureship. Credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF.

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: