COVID-19 Safety Operations

As this situation continues to evolve, please check back for updates.

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In response to the health concerns posed by the coronavirus COVID-19, the Green Bank Observatory has postponed all public programs and events. Programs and events affected have been removed from our Events calendar and notifications have been added to specific program and event web pages.

Update: August 1, 2020

As health concerns regarding COVID-19 continue to be a high priority, the Science Center, café, and gift shop remain closed to visitors.

An observation deck to view the Green Bank Telescope is located in the Jansky Lab parking lot. You can download and print a map for a self guided walking tour here. Thank you for leaving all electronics and smart phones in your vehicle to prevent interference with our astronomical observations.

Update: Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The Science Center, café, and gift shop remain closed to visitors. No public facilities will be open 4th of July weekend.

We continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 to ensure visitor and staff safety.

Update: Friday, May 22, 2020

In response to the health concerns posed by the COVID-19, the Green Bank Observatory is suspending all public programs and events.

No facilities will be open Memorial Day weekend.

The Science Center, café, and gift shop remain closed to visitors. 

No new reservations for educational programs will be taken for summer 2020.

Self-guided walking tours of the grounds are encouraged. Maps are available in the outside kiosk at the Green Bank Science Center, or download and print here.

Please note that all operations and observations with active telescopes will continue on site. Prohibitions on the use of digital cameras, cellphones, fitness tracking devices or any device utilizing blue-tooth technology are still in effect. Please leave those devices in your cars or at home when you visit.

More information on radio frequency interference is available here.


Public programs and events postponed or cancelled include:

  • Space Race Rumpus (postponed to October)
  • StarQuest
  • All tours
  • Star Labs
  • Family Science Labs
  • Star Parties
  • All meetings, trainings, and workshops

Educational groups scheduled for visits and programs that may be affected by this will be contacted directly. If you have a group scheduled for an educational program, and you have health or other concerns, please contact our Education staff directly at reservations@gbobservatory.org.

Please see NRAO’s website for the latest information on how their operations are being modified to meet the health concerns of COVID-19.