The Otherworldly Work of West Virginia's Green Bank Radio Telescope
Aimed at the Skies
At the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, situated in Green Bank West Virginia in the heart of the National Radio Quiet Zone, the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope detects faint radio signals from celestial bodies. Scientists study radio signals emitted from planets, stars (including our Sun), pulsars, nebulae, quasars, galaxies and black holes to better understand physical and chemical processes in the Universe. The data collected at this observatory, which is a facility of the National Science Foundation, supplement the information gained from optical telescopes like the Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based observatories.