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figure 11/20/11: Editor's picks: the year's science highlights. As always, Physics Today's Search and Discovery department spent the past year reporting on the most important and interesting news in physics and related sciences. Among the year's highlights were the following: The most massive neutron star ever seen...
11/28/11: NRAO Turkey Trot Raises Funds For William Dilley Scholarship Fund And PCHS Track Team. The sound of spectators cheering on the competitors at the annual Turkey Trot 5K Race/Walk could be heard quite clearly at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank this past Saturday. ..
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11/8/11: What's Closer than the Moon? Dr. Michael Busch is using the Green Bank Telescope to measure the temperature, and how much energy it takes to change the temperature, of the material below the asteriod's [YU55]'s surface.

08/24/2011: NRAO telescope records earthquake. Vibration from Tuesday afternoon's earthquake was recorded by the instrumentation of the Robert C. Byrd telescope at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, according to Michael Holstine
07/3/11: Science Camp - Wet Virginia Gem. One of the Mountain State's finest features is the National Youth Science Camp...Friday the youths were bused to the mountain retreat for coming weeks of advanced learning, including work at the Green Bank National Radio Astronomy Observatory.
6/13/11: Residents Discuss Health And Wellness Center For Northern Pocahontas County. Rachel Taylor has a vision - a vision of a wellness center where people can exercise and attend educational classes on a wide variety of health and fitness topics. And she'd like to see that vision become a reality in northern Pocahontas County. Taylor and her cousin Stephanie Johnson spoke to a small crowd at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank about the idea last week...

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6/6/11: The Otherwordly World of West Virginia's Green Bank Telescope. 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...
kepler planets 5/13/11: UC Berkeley SETI Survey Focuses on Kepler's Top Earth-like Planets. Now that NASA’s Kepler space telescope has identified 1,235 possible planets around stars in our galaxy, astronomers at the University of California, Berkeley, are aiming a radio telescope at the most Earth-like of these worlds to see if they can detect signals...
4/12/11: Pocahontas County HS Senior Wins NRAO/AUI Scholarship. Logan Plumley, a senior at Pocahontas County HS is the winner of a 2011 Associated Universities, Inc. Trustree Scholarship in the amount of $3500.00. Scholarship winners were announced on April 11th by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. He is one of five students to receive the scholarships this year...
GBT 3/7/11: SETI at the Green Bank Telescope. This March, Berkeley SETI is leading a collaboration that includes scientists from the SETI Institute and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in a new effort to search for evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence on habitable planets. This experiment will use the largest ...
Maura_Neuron 1/15/11: WVU Astrophysicist Making Waves, Discovering New Pulsars. Dr. Maura McLaughlin, West Virginia University astrophysics professor, has reached astronomical heights in her young career...
Figure 1/1/11: The Largest Neutron-Star Mass Yet Recorded has Broad Implications. If neutron stars can be twice as massive as the Sun, most conjectures about exotic states of matter at maximum compression are ruled out...


 

12/23/10: Green Bank Students Show Off Science Smarts. Elementary and middle school students from Green Bank got to show off their scientific know-how during the annual Green Bank Science Fair, held on December 20th. The competition, for students in 4th through 8th grades, was held at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank...
10/27/10: Record Breaking Neutron Star is Clue to Exotic Physics. A quick-spinning stellar corpse is the most massive of its kind ever seen. The dead star’s extra bulk could rule out several theories about what these dense stellar objects are made of — and provide a celestial lab to explore exotic matter....
Figure 10/22/10: Radio Astronomers Take Arms Against a Sea of Signals. Over the past decade, radio telescopes have faced increasing interference from mobile wireless devices, including Wi-Fi modems and Bluetooth, satellite radio channels like XM and Sirius, and global positioning systems. Last year, the switch to all-digital television broadcasting in the United States—a bigger cause of interference than analog signals...
The National Radio Astronomical Observatory at Green Bank, WV, is using students from Robinson High School, Fairfax, VA, to analyze the massive amounmts of data coming from outer space and look for pulsars. Firas Nasr, who attended the Pulsar Search Collaboratory Student Leadership Institute, updates other students on how to search for Pulsars. 10/4/10: Science Students Get Stars in Their Eyes. When the giant Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia got stuck in one position a few years ago, astronomers collected a big pile of electronic data from one part of the sky but had nobody willing to sift through it.
7/21/10: Green Bank Telescope Enables "Intensity Mapping" to Shed Light on Mysteries of Dark Energy. Using the world's largest, fully steerable radio telescope...an international team of researchers has given astronomers the promise of a new tool for mapping the universe...
7/8/10: The Scoop on the 4 Scopes. In the 50s, the United States entered a race. It may not be as famous as the race to put a man on the moon, but it was a race that left a lasting impression on Pocahontas County. The race was to dominate in the exploration of radio astronomical research, a field the U.S. feared it was already behind in researching. Developers scouted locations for the perfect place to create the National Radio Astronomy Observatory to stay ahead of the rac...


 


 

10/7/09: Silence! The Last of the Giant Radio Telescopes is Listening to the Universe. The 16-million-pound Great Big Telescope cost $75 million to build, but some would say its has already paid back the investment...

High-School Student Discovers Strange Astronomical Object 9/22/09: High-School Student Discovers Strange Astronomical Object. A West Virginia high-school student analyzing data from a giant radio telescope has discovered a new astronomical object — a strange type of neutron star called a rotating radio transient...
Radio Telescopes Extend Astronomy's Best 'Yardstick' Provide Vital Tool for Unraveling Dark Energy Mystery 6/8/09: Radio Telescopes Extend Astronomy's Best "Yardstick," Provide Vital Tool for Unraveling Dark Energy Mystery. Radio astronomers have directly measured the distance to a faraway galaxy, providing a valuable "Yardstick," for calibrating large astronomical distances and demonstrating a vital method that could help determine the elusive nature of the mysterious Dark Energy that pervades the Universe...
'Missing Link' Revealing Fast-Spinning Pulsar Mysteries 5/21/09: "Missing Link" Revealing Fast-Spinning Pulsar Mysteries. Astronomers have discovered a unique double-star system that represents a "missing link" stage in what they believe is the birth process of the most rapidly-spinning stars in the Universe—millisecond pulsars...
Astronomers Unveiling Life's Cosmic Origins 2/12/09: Astronomers Unveiling Life's Cosmic Origins. Processes that laid the foundation for life on Earth -- star and planet formation and the production of complex organic molecules in interstellar space -- are yielding their secrets to astronomers armed with powerful new research tools...
Wesley Sizemore, an interference hunter for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, works in his electromagnetic interference tracking truck in Green Bank, W.Va. Sizemore is one of three at the NRAO who try to keep the observatory free from stray electromagnetic interference. 1/2/09: Shhh! Gadget Racket Threatens Pulsar Research. Of all the threats to scientific research Wesley Sizemore has stymied over the years, satellites and cellphone towers don't stick in his memory quite like the possessive old hound and its treasured heating pad.


 


 

WV Governor Visits Green Bank 8/15/08: WV Governor Joe Manchin III Visits Green Bank and the Governor's School for Mathematics and Science ). (Audio)
Double Pulsar 7/3/08: Unique Stellar System Gives Einstein a Thumbs-Up. Taking advantage of a unique cosmic coincidence, astronomers have measured an effect predicted by Albert Einstein's theory of General Relativity in the extremely strong gravity of a pair of superdense neutron stars. The new data indicate that the famed physicist's 93-year-old theory has passed yet another test... Watch Videos
Mining for Molecules 6/2/08: Mining for Molecules in the Milky Way. Scientists are using the giant Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) to go prospecting in a rich molecular cloud in our Milky Way Galaxy. They seek to discover new, complex molecules in interstellar space that may be precursors to life...
5/22/08: Radio Telescopes to Keep Sharp Eye on Mars Lander. As NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander descends through the Red Planet's atmosphere toward its landing on May 25, its progress will be scrutinized by radio telescopes from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). At NRAO control rooms in Green Bank, West Virginia, and Socorro, New Mexico, scientists, engineers and technicians will be tracking the faint signal from the lander, 171 million miles from Earth...
Weird Pulsar 5/15/08: Weird Stellar Pair Puzzles Scientists. Astronomers have discovered a speedy spinning pulsar in an elongated orbit around an apparent Sun-like star, a combination never seen before, and one that has them puzzled about how the strange system developed...
02/08/2008: Great Big Telescope (Lab 304). This is the first installment of the series Lab 304 on the program "Outlook." Mike Youngren produced this story on the Robert C. Byrd Telescope at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Greenbank, West Virginia.
Massive Gas Cloud 1/11/08: Massive Gas Cloud Speeding Toward Collision With Milky Way. A giant cloud of hydrogen gas is speeding toward a collision with our Milky Way Galaxy, and when it hits -- in less than 40 million years -- it may set off a spectacular burst of stellar fireworks...
M81 Gas Clouds 1/10/08: New Hydrogen Clouds in the M81 Group of Galaxies. A composite radio-optical image shows five new clouds of hydrogen gas discovered using the National Science Foundation's Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT). The spiral galaxy M81 and its satellite, M82, are seen in visible light (white); intergalactic hydrogen gas revealed by the GBT is shown in red; and additional hydrogen gas earlier detected by the Very Large Array is shown in green...
Cosmic Radio 1/8/08: Cosmic Radio Series Brings Celestial Science Down to Earth. A new series of short radio programs designed to bring the space-age science of radio astronomy down to Earth is being launched by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and Allegheny Mountain Radio. The series, called Cosmic Radio, covers topics ranging from exciting recent scientific discoveries to how radio telescopes help explore the Universe, to the fascinating history of radio astronomy.

12/26/07: The Quiet Zone: One of the Few Places Left where Wireless is Regulated. IN THE REMOTE HILLS of Virginia and West Virginia, a 13,000-square-mile area is one of the few places in the US where wire-less communications are not allowed. It's called the Quiet Zone....

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12/26/07: Wired Science

11/06/2006: NRAO leadership upbeat about recent review. he director of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank says he is excited about the results of a recent review of operations at the nationメs observatories. Released on November 3, The National Science Foundation's Astronomy Senior Review Committee report... described the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope as "highly promising".