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GBT Observer Training Workshops

The Green Bank Telescope (GBT) Remote Observer Training Workshop will provide the essential skills and knowledge needed to use the GBT and maximize its scientific output. It is intended for experienced astronomers (including advanced undergraduates and graduate students) who need to learn the specifics of observing with the GBT. After completing the workshop, an attendee will be certified to use the GBT as a remote observer. The workshop will focus on hands-on training in the observing techniques most relevant to participants (e.g. high frequency map, continuum, pulsar, etc.).

These workshops will be held three times a year and will complement traditional on-site training.

Upcoming Training Workshops for 2024

Registration pages will be posted for the following events as they become available:

February 6-8, 2024 (Online): GBT Training Workshop, open to GBT users and the scientific community: The GBT Training Workshop will include three days of intensive instruction on how to observe with the Green Bank Telescope. This will include very little background in radio astronomy and is targeted toward graduate students and professional astronomers who will be observing with the GBT in the near future. Applications will be open from December 1 – January 12, 2024, and applicants will be informed of their acceptance by January 19. The application can be found here.

June 23-29, 2024 (In Green Bank): Single Dish Summer School, open to GBT users and the scientific community (from graduate students through professional astronomers): The Single Dish Summer School will be hosted in person by the Green Bank Observatory and include a week of astronomy tutorials (M-F). Applications will be open from January 1 – March 1, 2024, and applicants will be informed of their acceptance in mid-March. The application can be found here. Applications for the Single Dish Summer School are for in-person participation only, although we will also make lectures available to view in real time remotely. There will not be a GBT Training Workshop as part of the Single Dish School. Astronomers interested in GBT training should attend the February 2024 training (remote), Fall 2024 training (in person, date TBD), or work with their project friends to be trained independently.

Fall 2024 (In Green Bank): GBT Training Workshop, open to GBT users and the scientific community: The GBT Training Workshop will include three days of intensive instruction on how to observe with the Green Bank Telescope. This will include very little background in radio astronomy and is targeted toward graduate students and professional astronomers who will be observing with the GBT in the near future. Applications will tentatively be open from June 1 – July 10, 2024, and applicants will be informed of their acceptance by late July. The application will be linked here when details of the workshop have been finalized.

Travel

The Green Bank Observatory is located in Green Bank, West Virginia.
The street address is:

Green Bank Observatory
155 Observatory Road
Green Bank, WV, 24944

and our GPS coordinates are: 38.431950, -79.817135

Green Bank is within driving distance of several international and regional airports.

  • Dulles International Airport (IAD) – Approx. 4 hours
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) – Approx. 4 hours
  • Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) – Approx. 4 hours
  • Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA) – Approx. 2.75 hours
  • Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Airport (CHO) – Approx. 2.5 hours
  • Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD) – Approx. 2 hours (Note: Commercial flights are only offered through United Airlines)
  • Greenbrier Valley Airport (LWB) – Approx. 1.75 hours (Note: Commercial flights are only offered through United Airlines)

Most visitors fly into IAD or CHO. When possible, we will arrange ride sharing. Details will be arranged closer to the date of the workshop.

Shuttle Service

The Observatory will provide shuttle service to and from Dulles International Airport (IAD) for a fee. The total round trip cost of the shuttle service is $1,148 for weekday travel and $1,362 for weekend travel. The exact cost per person will depend on the number of riders that we can place in the same shuttle. We will confirm the per-person cost of the shuttle no later than one week before the date of the workshop.

Participants who wish to make use of the shuttle service should take note of the following important information when booking their travel. 

The shuttle to Green Bank will usually depart from Dulles International Airport (IAD) mid-afternoon the day before the workshop begins.  The return shuttle to Dulles Intentional Airport will usually depart Green Bank Observatory in the early afternoon after the workshop has concluded. The exact dates and times will be listed on the registration page for each workshop. The typical travel time from Green Bank to Dulles International Airport is 4 hours, but we recommend that participants making use of the shuttle plan on 5 hours of driving time in case of traffic or any other unforeseen delays.  Participants are reminded to also leave time for clearing airport security.  Please keep these times in mind when booking your flights.  Green Bank Observatory is not responsible for any missed flights or other travel complications that may arise for participants who book their flights without taking these restrictions into consideration.

Participants who wish to make use of the shuttle must complete their registration and confirm their plan to use the shuttle no later than two weeks before the start of the workshop.

Lodging and Meals

Attendees will stay in the observatory residence hall. Some attendees may need to share rooms depending on the number of participants. Meals will be provided on-site. There is no charge for lodging and meals, and no other workshop registration fees.

Radio Frequency Interference and the National Radio Quiet Zone

Green Bank Observatory is located in the heart of the National Radio Quiet Zone and the West Virginia Radio Astronomy Zone. These areas provide regulatory protection against certain sources of radio frequency interference that may otherwise negatively impact the scientific operations of the observatory. There is no cell phone reception within many miles of the observatory. GPS navigation typically works but should not be solely relied upon, and maps should be downloaded for offline use. The use of wireless internet, Bluetooth, and other wireless communications is strictly prohibited on observatory grounds. Electronic equipment, including digital cameras, are prohibited near telescopes.

Wired ethernet connections are available for use by attendees in work areas and the residence hall rooms, and observatory computing resources will also be accessible. Attendees should be sure that any personal computers or tablets are compatible with a wired ethernet connection. Adapters for tablets and ultra-portable laptops will not be provided.

More information on the NRQZ is available here.

Useful Information

Below are some useful resources for new and experienced GBT observers. These resources will be covered in detail during the workshop, but attendees are welcome to briefly review the information below to familiarize themselves with some of the terminology prior to arrival.

Practical Information for GBT Observers
GBT Observer’s Guide
GBT Proposal Guide
Dynamic Scheduling System
Remote Observing Instructions
Sensitivity Calculator
Mapping Planner
GBTIDL (Spectral line data reduction software)
GBT pipeline
PRESTO (pulsar data reduction software)
MUSTANG Data Reduction Guide
CASA

Odds and Ends

All workshops will include a tour of the GBT, weather permitting.  Closed-toe shoes are required to go on the GBT tour.  The GBT is an active mechanical structure, so visitors should bring appropriate clothing for the tour (i.e., avoid loose articles, and don’t wear anything that can’t get dirty).

Green Bank is located in the Appalachian Mountains at an elevation of 2,700 feet (~823 meters). Weather can be quite cold in the winter, with temperatures well below freezing.  The climate is more temperate during Spring, Summer, and Fall, but evenings can be cool year-round.

Questions should be directed to Will Armentrout (ude.o1708601979arn@r1708601979tnemr1708601979aw1708601979) and Brenne Gregory (ude.o1708601979arn@y1708601979roger1708601979gb1708601979).

Great Educational Resources

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Enjoy some of the EPO staff’s favorite websites and apps! These links and internet sites are provided as resources, but in no way reflect endorsement by the Observatory.

International Dark-Sky Association

Community Science light pollution project

Leap into Science

Distributes materials and training to libraries and community centers

Mission2Mars

Partnering community based organizations and amateur astronomers to do outreach on the Artemis Mission and humans return to the Moon.

NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory)

Intro information about radio astronomy, stars, galaxies, and the mysteries scientists are still working to solve

NSF (National Science Foundation) Science Zone

Podcasts, videos, pictures, and stories about NSF-funded science

PSC (Pulsar Science Collaboratory)

Opportunity for high school students and undergraduate students to engage in observational radio astronomy research with WVU faculty and GBO staff

SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence)

Podcasts, K-12 science curricula, and development opportunities for students and teachers

WV SPOT (West Virginia Science Public Outreach Team)

Presentations and activities for grade-level students, and opportunity to invite a WV SPOT ambassador from a local university into your classroom

44 Closest Stars and How They Compare to our Sun

A fascinating look at 44 of the closest stars, and their relative sizes. (Shout out to Hannah, an inquisitive Girl Scout, for finding this infographic).

ASP (Astronomical Society of the Pacific)

Activities for early and grade-school learners, kits for classroom activities, and professional development for teachers

Astronomy Center

Digital resources for college-level faculty and students, by the American Association of Physics Teachers and the National Science Foundation

Cool Cosmos

Multi-wavelength astronomy images, videos, and activities, from the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at Caltech

Milky Way Explorer

Interactive map of the galaxy from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory

NASA STEM Engagement

Activities, opportunities, videos, and more, delineated by age

NOAO (National Optical Astronomy Observatory)

Course materials, research guides, and citizen science opportunities for astronomy educators

NSO (National Solar Observatory)

Free printables and lesson plans about the Sun

Square Kilometre Array

Lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, and hands-on engineering outreach activities

SalsaJ

Student-friendly software to display, analyze, and explore real astronomical data

SSDS Voyages

Activities for astronomy students using the Sloan Digital Sky Survey database

StarDate

Radio show and podcast, stargazing advice and events, and activities and lesson plans

Academo

Interactive STEAM demonstrations and tools

Code.org

Website for teaching grades K-12 to code

Exploratorium

Educational media and classroom activities for all subjects and grade levels

howtosmile

Aggregation of hands-on STEM activities to use in the classroom or at home

JINA-CEE (Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics – Center for the Evolution of the Elements)

Atomic and quantum lesson plans and activity guides for grades K-12

Minecraft: Education Edition

Project-based lessons in coding, biology, history, math, and more

PHET

Interactive science and math simulations from the University of Colorado at Boulder

Zooniverse

Collection of online citizen science projects for all ages

SARA (Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers)

Conferences, grants, advice and resources for designing, building, and taking data

Open Source Radio Telescopes

Database and collaboration center for radio telescope construction at any level

PICTOR Telescope

A free-to-use radio telescope based in Greece. Get your feet wet in radio astronomy!

APOD (Astronomy Picture Of the Day)

Great daily astronomical images and a searchable database of past APODs

Astrometrica

Astronomic data reduction of FITS and SBIG image files

DS9

Free FITS viewer and image processor

Heavens Above

Satellite tracker; editable and printable sky chart

Sky & Telescope Magazine

Find a local astronomy club

Sky Maps

Free monthly stargazing printable

Star Wheel

Printable make-and-take planispheres

StarDate

Radio show and podcast, stargazing advice and events, and activities and lesson plans

Stellarium

Free, open-source planetarium software for PC, Mac, and Linux

ADS (Astrophysics Data System)

Searchable collection of astronomy and physics abstracts and full articles, by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory at Harvard

NED (NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database)

Searchable database of extragalactic objects from the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at Caltech

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information

Archived space weather data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

SIMBAD (Set of Identifications, Measurements, and Bibliography for Astronomical Data)

Searchable database of data, cross-identification, and measurements for objects outside the Solar System by the Strasbourg Astronomical Data Center

Skyview Virtual Observatory

NASA’s database of astronomical images in all wavelengths

SSDS (Sloan Digital Sky Survey)

Searchable database of large portions of the universe

AIfA HI Surveys Server

Models an HI profiles of any portion of the sky, from the Argelander Institute for Astronomy

LST (Local Sidereal Time) Clock

Gives Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), Greenwich Local Sidereal Time, and Green Bank Local Sidereal Time, or the right ascension of any telescope at the Observatory

NED (NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database)

Coordinate, extinction, and velocity calculators, from the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at Caltech

Radial Velocity Calculator

Measures Doppler shift due to the rotation and orbit of the Earth

Radio-Sky Publishing

Sky simulator, sidereal clock, chart recorder software, and more

Aladin Sky Atlas

Interactive sky atlas

Astrometrica

Astronomic data reduction of FITS and SBIG image files

Cartes du Ciel

Free sky map software for PC, Mac, and Linux

DS9

Free FITS viewer and image processor

Heavens Above

Satellite tracker; editable and printable sky chart

SalsaJ

Student-friendly software to display, analyze, and explore real astronomical data

Stellarium

Free, open-source planetarium software for PC, Mac, and Linux

PING Camp Forms

Complete and return these forms by May 27th, 2024 in addition to the online application.

Email forms to ude.o1708601979arn@t1708601979niase1708601979ds1708601979, or mail to:

Green Bank Observatory, Attn. Sophie Saint Georges, PO Box 2, Green Bank, WV 24944

*Text in forms may appear distorted until downloaded*

Consent Form; this should be read and signed by PING applicants and their guardian:

Consent Form (right click to download)

Recommendations are required from 2 of your teachers. Preferably your math & science teachers. This form is for teacher #1:

Teacher Recommendation Form #1, 2023 (right click to download)

This form is for teacher #2:

Teacher Recommendation Form #2, 2023 (right click to download)