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National Radio Astronomy Observatory

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Address: 155 Observatory, Green Bank, WV 24944
Phone Number: +1 304-456-2150
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We never could find a street address for the NRAO. They don't even list one on their literature, So, make note of it here )155 Observatory, Green Bank WV) or you can use the GPS... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Toms River
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124 reviews 124 reviews
44 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We never could find a street address for the NRAO. They don't even list one on their literature, So, make note of it here )155 Observatory, Green Bank WV) or you can use the GPS coordinates which they do list: 38d-25'-48.2"N 79d-49'-0393"w Perhaps it is because Green Bank is so small, but you'll find this facility directly off Route 92/28.... More 

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Virginia Beach
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Welcome to the National Radio Quiet Zone, a 13,000-square-mile area that covers the eastern half of West Virginia. Home of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory! I recently visited the GBRT while on a trip to see other local area attractions and I was so glad that I took the time to stop and visit this place. It's a truly awe... More 

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Hurricane, WV
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144 reviews 144 reviews
19 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This place is incredible. Amazingly hard core science facility...world renowned! I recommend going any time not winter. Summer is our favorite. The tour is worth the time.

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Tokyo, Japan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I visited NRAO Green Bank, WV, in a day trip from Charlottesville, VA. It is around 2.5-3h drive each way. Once there, there is a nice exhibit about radio astronomy, a small shop and a cafe. In the site proper, you can see some historical antennas which are amazing for people working in the field ;) and many large dish... More 

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Fredericksbirg, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Certain areas are off-limits to digital photography, however, film photography is allowed. The digital cameras interfere with the radio telescopes. Don't expect your cell phones to work within 20 miles of this site.

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Spring Hill, WV
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

when I worked at the airport Jay Rockefeller paved the runway at the observatory and they allowed him to land there as he has a home nearby

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Amazing technology. Gives you a new respect for the folks that call the area home. A lot of people find it an inconvenience to visit, imagine living without your cell phone or facebook. I loved it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Come see the reason you don't have cell phone service at Snowbird! The Greenbank radio telescope is an enormous monument to space exploration. The tour takes about an hour, starting from a little museum (complete with gift shop and snack bar). A short film shares some basic info about the site and its history, followed by a presentation with demonstrations... More 

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Champlin
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

What are radio waves? Come visit the Observatory! The museum offers interactive activities that help individuals to understand this world of science. Our tour guide gave an excellent overview before the informative video and then took us within close range of the dynamic telescope via a bus. This was a awesome experience!

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Pipestem, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

There are many people even from West Virginia who have never heard of the Green Bank Observatory. There are varieties of telescopes here and this particuliar observatory, I believe boasts the largest Hubble telescope in the world, the telescope is 2.3 acres in size. There are many educational activities for adults as well as children and altough there is no... More 

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