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National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Address: RR 28/92, Green Bank, WV 24944
Phone Number: (304) 456-2011
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Green Bank
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Spring Hill, WV
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
38 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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Rochester, New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I only can speak to driving through the area and taking some pictures. We didn't have time for a visit to the science museum or tour, but just seeing the dish they have there is impressive. My one caution is I didn't research anything beforehand, so it came as a surprise that there is no cell service. Wasn't a big... More 

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Palmyra, Wisconsin
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189 reviews 189 reviews
120 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Green bank telescope 485 ft Tall! 17 MILLION lbs! 2.3 acres surface area! Remember the movie Contact.. This telescope receives signals . We really enjoyed this tour. Boy Scouts were on our tour and they we so interested and fun to see their excitement. Do take the tour to get up close to see this giant. We toured the exhibit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I didn't get to go on the tour... heck, I didn't even know there was a tour... but the science center and just seeing the telescope itself was amazing! I was like a little kid. Disclaimer: I am an optometrist, and my favorite subject was physics, so this place was right up my alley. I was in my element. Thank... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

learned a ton in a 90 minute visit. All of our three boys (ages 12, 8, and 6) learned a few interesting things. Short movie is a bit dated but still good. Bus trip takes about 30 minutes afterwards. Our tour guide, Sherry, was very good. Amazing to see a bunch of diesel powered cars from 30-40 years ago still... More 

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Fairmont, West Virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 via mobile

I have been here three times now and find it amazing each time. It's hard to understand everything about the telescopes and how they work but you get a great education on the tour. You can read about them prior to your visit and find that helpful. The largest telescope,the GBT, weighs 17 million lbs. and is the size of... More 

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