Astronomy and Physics Students Visit Green Bank Telescope

May 15, 2018
The Green Bank Telescope, world's largest fully steerable radio telescope, in Green Bank, West Virginia

A group of astronomy and physics students recently got a firsthand look at the Green Bank Telescope, the world’s largest steerable radio telescope in Green Bank, West Virginia.

Located away from civilization within the National Radio Quiet Zone, the gigantic, 485-foot-tall telescope is used to measure a vast array of objects and phenomena in outer space, from supermassive black holes to signs of extraterrestrial intelligence. It does this by observing radio frequencies from space, which are emitted by various things like galaxies, neutron stars and star-forming gases.

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