2024 GBO SDSS


June 23-29, 2024 (In-Person Only)

The 2024 GBO Single Dish School is open to the Scientific Community (Graduate Students, Post-Docs, Astronomers, and Engineers).

Registration for the 2024 SDSS has closed on March 1, 2024.

About the SDSS

The Summer School scientific sessions will run from Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 29, but we encourage all participants to be on site from Sunday through Saturday. The 2024 Single Dish Summer School will be “in-person” only, although we expect to offer hybrid participation options every other year (i.e. again in 2025). Applications for the Single Dish Summer School are for in-person participation only, we will not offer remote participation.

Notice

The 2024 SDSS will not include a GBT Remote Training Workshop for control of the GBT during observations. Observers in need of GBT training should contact their project friend for information on training opportunities.

Contacts

Please direct questions related to the School to Anika Schmiedeke (ude.o1721231381arn@e1721231381kedei1721231381mhcsj1721231381a1721231381).

Logistics

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)

Lodging and Meals

Attendees will stay in the observatory residence hall and bunkhouse. Meals will be provided on-site.

Costs

There is no charge for lodging or meals, and there is no additional workshop fee.

GBT Tour

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

RFI and NRQZ

Green Bank Observatory is located in the heart of the National Radio Quiet Zone (NRRQZ) and the West Virginia Radio Astronomy Zone. These areas provide regulatory protection against certain sources of radio frequency interference (RFI) 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 don’t rely solely on it. Instead remember to download maps for offline use prior to your arrival. 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. Ethernet adapters/dongles will *not* be provided.

(content hidden) More information on the NRQZ is available here.

Weather

Green Bank is located in the Appalachian Mountains at an elevation of 2,700 feet (~823 meters). Weather in June is typically warm during the day but might cool down a bit at night.



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