The GBT Helps Solve a Titan-ic Mystery



Titan has hundreds of lakes in its polar regions (shown in this radar image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft). Decades-old data once suggested lakes should be found at the equator instead.

USGS, ASI, JPL-Caltech/NASA
Titan has hundreds of lakes in its polar regions (shown in this radar image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft). Decades-old data once suggested lakes should be found at the equator instead. USGS, ASI, JPL-Caltech/NASA

How did the Green Bank Telescope help solve a mystery that has puzzled scientist for more than a decade? Working alongside the radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory, their combined observations have revealed that the bright patches on Saturn moon Titan are dry lake beds.

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From Student to Staff: Green Bank Observatory’s Newest Software Engineer

Matthew Harrison, second from front, photographed at the dish of the Green Bank Telescope during undergraduate research in 2017.

When Matthew Harrison first set foot on the campus of the Green Bank Observatory in 2017 for an undergraduate summer workshop, he had no idea he’d be returning in 2020 as the Observatory’s newest Software Engineer.

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