Decadal Survey

ASTRO 2020

Preparing for the Decadal survey

We are preparing a long-term plan for the scientific program of the Green Bank Observatory and the GBT for the period 2020 – 2030. This review of current and future instruments will provide input to the 2020 Decadal survey.


'Ageless’ Silicon throughout Milky Way May Indicate a Well-Mixed Galaxy

As galaxies age, some of their basic chemical elements can also show signs of aging. This aging process can be seen as certain atoms “put on a little weight,” meaning they change into heavier isotopes — atoms with additional neutrons in their nuclei...


Green Bank Observatory Single Dish Training School

May 19-23, 2018

The Green Bank Telescope (GBT) Single Dish Training School will provide students, post-docs, and experts in other fields of astronomy with both knowledge and practical experience of the techniques and applications of single-dish radio astronomy using the GBT as the primary example.



A well-­instrumented Green Bank Telescope (GBT) operating at high frequency represents a unique scientific resource for the US community. As a filled-­aperture, 100m-­diameter telescope, the GBT is ideally suited to fast mapping of extended, low surface brightness emission with excellent instantaneous frequency coverage.


North American NanoHertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves.

Learn how to use the galaxy to detect gravitational waves.

West Virginia University

West Virginia University

Learn about WVU astronomy

The Universe is whispering to us and the gigantic Green Bank Telescope (GBT) can decipher these cosmic murmurs like no other. From comets to cosmology, the sheer range of science done with this versatile instrument is astounding.

Astronomers currently use the Green Bank Telescope to map the lunar regolith, time millisecond pulsars, weigh black holes and probe dark energy. Now the race is on to study the new window to the Universe: ripples in space time. This is an exciting time for science!

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