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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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This is in West Virginia?

Very impressive and very educational for adults and kids - be sure and take the tour. Great gift shop too! The drive just getting to Green Bank, WV is so relaxing without any... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Buckhannon, West Virginia
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Buckhannon, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Very impressive and very educational for adults and kids - be sure and take the tour. Great gift shop too! The drive just getting to Green Bank, WV is so relaxing without any traffic to speak of. Be aware that you may have trouble with cell phone service as this is known as a 'quiet zone' set up by our... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

One of the best science centers for children and adults, an opportunity to see such an amazing radio telescope, largest in the World, while touring the beautiful roads of West Virginia, cool summer temps, breath taking views of Eastern back country at good values on the budget. Very nice café on sight just right for children. Muriales Italian restaurant 2... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

On our way to Snowshoe WV we stopped at this unique place. First is the location, a quiet zone of radio frequency. Second is the gigantic telescopes strewn across acres & acres of beautiful green grass. Additionally, they planted long needle white pines, because they absorb extraneous radio frequency. Definitely opened a world of curiosities that astronomy kids already know... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Most people don't know much about astronomy, let alone radio astronomy. So taking my family here was high on my vacation "to-do" list and none of us were disappointed. It is a little bit out of the way, but that is necessary for it to function. Being close to Seneca Rocks and Snowshoe makes it somewhat convenient.

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Centerville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia, operates the world premiere astronomical telescope operating from centimeter to millimeter wavelengths. The Observatory has an active engineering research and development program ranging in areas from digital, mechanical, structural, computational, and software engineering. The laboratories, utilities and support facilities make it an attractive location for a variety of research experiments,... More 

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Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I literally drove past this site and decided to stop - it was really amazing. The observatory offers tours and a lot of information, however, one of the most awe inspiring views is that of the radio telescope itself - very cool. Totally worth the stop!

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North Brunswick, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We were vacationing in West Virginia and were on our way to another attraction when we saw this giant telescope dish in the middle of no where. We were amazed at the size of it and decided to investigate further. The exhibit hall is full of hands on displays that were interesting. . . . and, for any science buff,... More 

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Montgomery, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

I really didn't know what radio astronomy is, I just wanted to see the big dish. But there are several big dishes here, each interesting in their own right. And, the free museum and guide if you take the bus tour do a great job of explaining what radio astronomy is. So fascinating I bought the book on the making... More 

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Dumfries, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

The facility itself has a great discovery center/exhibit hall with excellent interactive exhibits. The tour starts with a video and a few demonstrations, which is pretty cool, then moves to a bus to have a look at the actual telescope dishes. Very informative and entertaining, with a knowledgeable guide. A word of caution - the internet goes out a lot,... More 

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Toms River
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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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Address: Address: 155 Observatory, Green Bank, WV 24944
Phone Number: +1 304-456-2150
Location: United States  >  West Virginia (WV)  >  Green Bank

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