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Green Bank Observatory Chosen for National Leap Into Science Project

A diverse group of educators from the Green Bank Observatory, West Virginia University Extension Service, Pocahontas County Libraries and the Morgantown Public Library System have teamed up to become The West Virginia Leap into Science State Leadership Team. Out of more than 20 applications from around the nation, West Virginia was one of four state…

Astronomers solve cosmic “whodunit” with interstellar forensics

Summary: By comparing new Hubble observations with data from the Green Bank Telescope, astronomers have discovered the origin of a huge cloud of gas bridging the Large Magellanic Cloud and the Small Magellanic Cloud, two dwarf galaxies that orbit the Milky Way. In a cosmic version of tug-of-war, the Large Magellanic Cloud is using its…

Pulsar Watchers Close In On Galaxy Merger History

merging galaxies

Above: Astronomers see galaxies merging throughout the universe, some of which should result in binary supermassive black holes. Credit: NASA Fifty years after pulsar discovery published, massive new data set moves closer to finding very-low-frequency gravitational waves, researchers say. For the past twelve years, a group of astronomers have been watching the sky carefully, timing…

2018 PING Applications are now live

If you are an 8th grader who is interested in science, math and/or engineering, we invite you to apply to come to PING Camp, this summer at the Green Bank Observatory. A challenging, fun week awaits you as you learn how to use radio telescopes to investigate the Universe!  More information about the program can…

The Green Bank Telescope Discovering Interstellar Organic Molecules

aromatic molecule benzonitrile was detected by the GBT in the Taurus Molecular Cloud 1 (TMC-1). Credit: B. McGuire, B. Saxton (NRAO/AUI/NSF)

Image: The aromatic molecule benzonitrile was detected by the GBT in the Taurus Molecular Cloud 1 (TMC-1). Credit: B. McGuire, B. Saxton (NRAO/AUI/NSF) Summary: Astronomers using the Green Bank Telescope have made the first definitive interstellar detection of benzonitrile, an intriguing organic molecule that helps to chemically link simple carbon-based molecules and truly massive ones…