Statement About COVID-19

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 will postpone several public programs and events and reduce the visitor programs on site. Programs and events affected have been removed from our Events calendar and notifications have been added to specific program and event web pages.

Update: Sunday, 15 March, 2020

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

The Science Center, café, and gift shop will be closed to visitors starting on Monday, 16 March. 

No new reservations for educational programs will be taken for March, April, or May 2020.

Self-guided walking tours of the grounds are encouraged. Maps are available in the outside kiosk at the Green Bank Science Center.

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:

  • Star Labs offered on Sundays, March-May
  • March 21, Star Party
  • March 21, Family Science Lab
  • April 18, Star Party
  • April 19, Earth Day
  • April 25, Drake Lecture
  • April 26-30, Ozma60 Workshop
  • May 11-15, Single Dish Remote Observer Training Workshop
  • May 16, Star Party
  • May 23, Family Science Lab
  • May 18-20, GBT Observer Training Workshop

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 in March-May, 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.