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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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Awesome Place to Visit

This place is out in the middle of nowhere, for a reason. The scenery, the purpose, the tour, everything is awesome. Even if you know nothing about radio astronomy you will find... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 26, 2015
Banner Elk NC
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Banner Elk NC
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39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This place is out in the middle of nowhere, for a reason. The scenery, the purpose, the tour, everything is awesome. Even if you know nothing about radio astronomy you will find this place interesting. I loved it and hope to take my grand children back one day.

Thank admepa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

What a great afternoon for kids! The exhibit hall was tons of fun for them. The tour guide made time for the kids in the group and did a couple demonstrations for them. This is a good deal for your money.

Thank kerri c
Hurricane, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

When you pull up to the NRAO I promise WOW is the only words you will be able to say. The tour is just so informative, if you don't take the tour you can walk to an observation deck, the inside of the museum is packed with the most phenomenal information about how radio waves are used. The mere size... More 

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Palatka, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

I felt rather stupid as I planned my trip to the Observatory, I have zero background for any of this BUT the folks made me feel a whole lot smarter! A good intro film and an excellent guide put me at ease for asking questions and starting conversations. The dishes are just mind blowing in size and design. The history... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Very interesting place to visit for people of all ages. Learn about Radio Astronomy as you walk through the museum, and then enjoy the ride out to the large receiver - you may even catch it in action as it can be used and controlled remotely from all over the country.

Thank Kenneth W
Charleston, West Virginia
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

We visited on Oct 7 and were unsure what the tour would be like. Both my wife and I were completely surprised. This has got to be the best tour we have ever enjoyed. Our Guide was an aeronautical engineer and a very interesting speaker that held the attention of the entire group for over an hour. If you are... More 

Thank DWill48
Morgantown, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

If you are in the area don't miss this. If you are a space or science geek don't miss this. They have a welcome and visitor center. Tours are available.

Thank RadarRick
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We stumbled on this because it was a wet day! Very informative tour with Noreen. Interesting, educational exhibits.

Thank iandcl
Morehead, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

For years I have wanted to go to the Green Bank Radio Observatory and after 21 years finally made it. I must say it was an interesting experience and quite educational. Also a lesson on how we humans can pollute the air with man made signals. I was told that you could be on Mars with your cell phone and... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I am fascinated by celestial bodies-I love observing the night sky. In DC with so many lights, it is so hard to do. For some of us, that is not enough-out imagination and curiosity wants us to detect signals 20 billion light years away!! I had a great time here. Returning to DC, I passed by the Observatory. It was... More 

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