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April 2016

Star Party

April 9, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

NRAO Staff will treat you to views of the night sky through optical telescopes. If it rains, don’t worry! You are invited into our portable planetarium for a stellar presentation. Start time changes seasonally. Starts at 5 pm.

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High Tech Tour

April 14, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us for a guided tour through parts of NRAO normally off limits to visitors, like lab areas where sensitive receivers are designed and built. Advance reservations strictly required 48 hours in advance and cost is $15.00

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Family Science Labs FREE!

April 16, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

NRAO staff guides kids of all ages through fun-filled, hands-on science projects. We provide all the materials. Each lab highlights a different science/engineering theme. 10 am - noon

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May 2016

High Tech Tour

May 12, 2016

Join us for a guided tour through parts of NRAO normally off limits to visitors, like lab areas where sensitive receivers are designed and built. Advance reservations strictly required 48 hours in advance and cost is $15.00

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Star Party

May 14, 2016

NRAO Staff will treat you to views of the night sky through optical telescopes. If it rains, don’t worry! You are invited into our portable planetarium for a stellar presentation. Start time changes seasonally. Starts at 8 pm.

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SETI Tours

May 27, 2016

Our new SETI Tour celebrates Green Bank’s historic Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence with this 3-hour tour. Participants begin with an exclusive presentation right in the control room of our historic 85-1 Telescope where the search began with Frank Drake’s OZMA Project. From there, guests enjoy a rare tour inside the 140-foot telescope control room where Jill Tartar’s Project Phoenix began and then to normally-restricted GBT access points. The tour ends in our Drake Lounge where you will be greeted…

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June 2016

5th Annual Space Race Rumpus

June 10, 2016 - June 12, 2016

Come join us for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's 3rd annual Space Race Rumpus! This unique cycling event festival is located at the home of the world's largest steerable telescope, the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank telescope or the GBT as we call it around here. The Observatory's location in beautiful Pocahontas County sits in the middle of some of the most scenic views and trails in the mid-Atlantic. The Space Race Rumpus routes explore both the Observatory's unique property…

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July 2016

Family Science Labs FREE!

July 9, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

NRAO staff guides kids of all ages through fun-filled, hands-on science projects. We provide all the materials. Each lab highlights a different science/engineering theme. 10 am - noon

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August 2016

SETI Tours

August 12, 2016

Our new SETI Tour celebrates Green Bank’s historic Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence with this 3-hour tour. Participants begin with an exclusive presentation right in the control room of our historic 85-1 Telescope where the search began with Frank Drake’s OZMA Project. From there, guests enjoy a rare tour inside the 140-foot telescope control room where Jill Tartar’s Project Phoenix began and then to normally-restricted GBT access points. The tour ends in our Drake Lounge where you will be greeted…

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September 2016

NRAO Family Science Day

September 11, 2016

Join us Sunday Sept. 11 for an afternoon of FREE famliy friendly activities: Check out all this fun! Science Day,Build and Launch Rockets, Build Engineering Kits, Visit the 140' Telescope • Science Experiments • Liquid Nitrogen Demos • Solar Telescope Viewing • Colorful Chemistry • Tie Dye a T-shirt • GBT

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May 2018

High Tech Tour

May 12, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
$15

Ever wanted to see the inside of the GBT Control Room? The High Tech Tour is your chance! Reservations are required for this 1-hour, behind-the-scenes tour lead by one of our own engineers. The tour will take you into the other-wise restricted electronic labs, anechoic chamber, and even the control room for the GBT! Tickets are $15pp.

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STAR PARTY

May 12, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Saturday, repeating indefinitely

Green Bank Observatory staff will treat you to views of the night sky through optical telescopes. If it rains, don’t worry! You are invited into our portable planetarium for a stellar presentation. Start time changes seasonally.

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Star Lab Sunday

May 13, 2018
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday, repeating indefinitely

More Star Lab Sunday Family Fun! Crawl into our planetarium balloon for a fascinating night sky tour! Program lasts about one hour and includes a DIY star wheel kit! Reservations recommended.  $5/person; Space is limited to 20 Call 304.456-2150 or email tours@gbobservatory.org to hold your spot today

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SETI Tour

May 18, 2018

Our new SETI Tour celebrates Green Bank’s historic Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence with this 3-hour tour. Participants begin with an exclusive presentation right in the control room of our historic 85-1 Telescope where the search began with Frank Drake’s OZMA Project. From there, guests enjoy a rare tour inside the 140-foot telescope control room where Jill Tartar’s Project Phoenix began and then to normally-restricted GBT access points. The tour ends in our Drake Lounge where you will be greeted…

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June 2018

Space Race Rumpus

June 8, 2018 - June 10, 2018

It’s a festival. It’s a race. It’s group rides. It’s a clinic. It’s a fundraiser. It’s a tradition. Friday, June 9 Off-Road Cycling 1 to 4 p.m. – Beginner/Intermediate/Challenging ride Road Cycling 1 to 4 p.m. – Beginner/Intermediate group road ride 4:30 to 6 p.m. – Mini Time Trials. Begins at gate by old tour center. Individual start time given at race start Other Activities 3 p.m. – Site tour on bikes. Adult and kid bikes available for anyone wishing to tour. 7…

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March 2019

High Tech Tour

March 11, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:30 pm on Monday, repeating indefinitely

Get an exclusive look inside receivers and marvel at the precise engineering required to collect the Universe's faintest signals. A Green Bank Observatory engineer will pull back the curtain on the Observatory's site labs and control room as you see what makes Green Bank Observatory one of the world's leading radio facilities. Federal regulations require pre-screening attendees age 18 and up. For more on our screening policy, click the website below. High Tech Tours are offered on select Thursdays; 3:30-4:30…

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High Tech Tour

March 18, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:30 pm on Monday, repeating indefinitely

Get an exclusive look inside receivers and marvel at the precise engineering required to collect the Universe's faintest signals. A Green Bank Observatory engineer will pull back the curtain on the Observatory's site labs and control room as you see what makes Green Bank Observatory one of the world's leading radio facilities. Federal regulations require pre-screening attendees age 18 and up. For more on our screening policy, click the website below. High Tech Tours are offered on select Thursdays; 3:30-4:30…

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Drake Lectureship – Ira Flatow

March 19, 2019

Enjoy this featured event at the Green Bank Observatory. For more information, call the phone number below. 304 456 2150

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Star Lab Sunday @ Green Bank Observatory

March 31, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating indefinitely

Crawl into Green Bank Observatory's planetarium balloon for a fascinating night sky tour! Space is limited to 20 participants. Program lasts 45 minutes and includes a DIY star wheel kit upon request. Reservations recommended - call Green Bank Observatory for more information. Every Sunday 2-2:45 p.m.; $5/person

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April 2019

Star Party

April 13, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Green Bank Observatory staff will treat you to views of the night sky through optical telescopes. If it rains, don't worry! You are invited to a stellar presentation starting at 5:30 p.m. Star Party - FREE - Rain or Shine - Meet at the Science Center.

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May 2019

SETI Tour @ Green Bank Observatory

May 31, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Green Bank Observatory's SETI Tour celebrates Green Bank historic Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence. The tour begins with an exclusive presentation right in the control room of the historic 85-1 Telescope where the search began with Frank Drake's OZMA project. From there, guests enjoy rare admittance inside the 140 foot telescope where Jill Tartar's Project Phoenix took place and then to normally-restricted GBT access points. The tour ends in the Green Bank Observatory's Drake Lounge where you will be greeted…

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June 2019

Space Race Rumpus

June 7, 2019 - June 9, 2019

Get ready to ride! Join the Green Bank Observatory for a weekend-long cycling festival, where local experts will guide you on a variety of fun rides! Whether you're an experienced mountain biker, or a complete novice, there will be rides, races and cycling clinics for all ages and levels. The Space Race Rumpus also features bonfires, on-site camping, and live music both nights! To register for the 2019 Space Race Rumpus, please visit the web link below. For questions, call…

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Star Quest

June 29, 2019

Join the largest Optical and Radio Star Party in the Nation! Enjoy optical and radio astronomy presentations, hands-on workshops and dark West Virginia skies. Learn to use a radio telescope! Fun activities for children too! The Green Bank Star Quest is sponsored by the Central Appalachian Astronomy Club. For more information, click the website link below.

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July 2019

Star Lab Sunday @ Green Bank Observatory

July 7, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating indefinitely

Crawl into the Green Bank Observatory planetarium balloon for a fascinating night sky tour! Space is limited to 20 participants. Program lasts 45 minutes and includes a DIY star wheel kit upon request. Reservations recommended - call Green Bank Observatory for more information. Every Sunday 2-2:45 p.m.; $5/person

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High Tech Tour @ Green Bank Observatory

July 11, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:30 pm on Thursday, repeating indefinitely

Get an exclusive look inside receivers and marvel at the precise engineering required to collect the Universe's faintest signals. A Green Bank Observatory engineer will pull back the curtain on the Green Bank Observatory's site labs and control room as you see what makes Green Bank Observatory one of the world's leading radio facilities. Federal regulations require pre-screening for attendees age 18 and up. For more information on the pre-screening process, visit the website link below. High Tech Tours fall…

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SETI Tour @ Green Bank Observatory

July 12, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Our SETI Tour celebrates Green Bank's historic Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence. The tour begins with an exclusive presentation right in the control room of historic 85-1 Telescope where the search began with Frank Drake's OZMA project. From there, guests enjoy rare admittance inside the 140-foot telescope where Jill Tartar's Project Phoenix took place and then to normally-restricted GBT access points. The tour ends in the Drake Lounge where you will be greeted by one of the Green Bank Observatory's…

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August 2019

Garth Newel Emerging Artist Fellow Showcase

August 8, 2019

Enjoy this featured event presented by the Green Bank Observatory. Call the phone number below for more information.

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