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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 visited the site after leaving Cass scenic railway, the area is a communication dead zone. Very interesting but the tour doesn't take you into the actual radio labs, just a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Tony S
Guelph, Canada
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Guelph, Canada
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited the site after leaving Cass scenic railway, the area is a communication dead zone. Very interesting but the tour doesn't take you into the actual radio labs, just a tour of all the telescopes, these are radio telescopes not visual.

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St. John's, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I fully realize this is not everybody's cup of tea. Let's get that out of the way from the start. I am not a physicist or a space nut, but I am intrigued about the outer limits, space exploration, how it started, and how it will end. SETI has always interested me and Contact was one of my favourite movies,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

To begin the tour you watch a 10 minutes movie on how, why and how this was started. It was good information on it to start out with if you don't know much about it history. Took the bus around the place, couldn't use cell phone or any electronic equipment while you are here. There are places that you could... More 

1 Thank Carrie M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This immense radio telescope is truly a sight to behold. By necessity, this behemoth is located in the middle of nowhere in the mountains of West Virginia, but worth the trip to those in the vicinity. The visitors center has a well-designed explanation of the electromagnetic spectrum, making it understandable even to those who are not scientifically oriented. It is... More 

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Southern New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a total geek (I wore my physics shirt), this was the number one thing I wanted to do on this trip. It was worth the 3 hour drive. I did take the precaution of printing out the directions (we lost cell service, but not our GPS) it was very easy to get to. The run tours every hour on... More 

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Merced, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Before this visit I would never have guessed that a telescope could weigh 17 million pounds! Or that it takes 10 summers to paint a telescope. (When they are done, they start all over again.) The sensitivity of the system is hard to fathom. It is located in a radio free zone be cause earth-bound radio waves can create distractions.... More 

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Harrodsburg, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

This attraction was amazing. You paid $6, watched a video and saw a couple of demonstrations, then we took a bus tour of the grounds. You could buy disposable cameras in the gift shop to take as many pictures as you want. No cell phones or digital cameras allowed. It was truly something to see. They also have a cafe... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

This was an amazing place. The Exhibit Hall is full of of terrific, interactive displays. The video and presentation were informative (even for me..the most unscientific minded), great for kids 10+. I had no idea this existed, and for $6 (under 10 free), I was educated and amazed. Best value going!

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Gardners, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

It was worth a visit for the approx. hour tour and to visit the exhibit room. We spent about 1 1/2 hours there.

1 Thank kaasfamily4
Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

Admission to the display area is free but if you want to see the giant radio telescope (which you do) you have to go on a tour which does cost. Tours are on the hour and you will first watch a short video in the theater and a small science demonstration with liquid nitrogen. You will then board a shuttle... More 

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