Green Bank Observatory

The Green Bank Telescope at Green Bank Observatory
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Astronomers using the Green Bank Telescope in Pocahontas County have discovered a massive neutron star. Scientists believe this is the largest neutron star ever discovered. 


The Green Bank Telescope at Green Bank Observatory
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West Virginia’s Green Bank Observatory will continue operating under the National Science Foundation.

Green Bank Observatory Director Karen O’Neil announced the foundation’s decision in a statement Tuesday, July 30.

The Green Bank Telescope at Green Bank Observatory
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The National Science Foundation heard public comments as part of a process to consider changes to the Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia.

The Green Bank Telescope at Green Bank Observatory
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The National Science Foundation is evaluating options for West Virginia's Green Bank Observatory, ranging from collaboration with outside partners to continue its science and education mission to demolishing it.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning Ashton Marra talks with Del. Rupie Phillips of Logan County -- the Legislature's only Independent and Anne Li reports from the Green Bank Observatory in Pocahontas County about one family's efforts to save it after the National Science Foundation announced it is reviewing the property's viability.

That's on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting -- telling West Virginia's story.

Ellie White of Barboursville, West Virginia, and her family launched a campaign called Go Green Bank Observatory to persuade the National Science Foundation to not divest from Green Bank Observatory.
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A powerful space-exploration facility in operation since the 1950s is under threat. Residents of the tiny West Virginia community in which it resides and its extended family of scientists and educators are rallying to save it.

 

Nestled in the hills in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, is the Green Bank Telescope. At 485 feet tall and about 300 feet across, it’s the largest fully-steerable telescope in the world, and it belongs to Green Bank Observatory.

Green Bank Telescope
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Hundreds of individuals attended two public meetings held by the National Science Foundation at Green Bank Observatory. The NSF is considering operational changes for the observatory in light of budget constraints, including potentially shutting down the facility completely.