West Virginia Executive Spring 2017 - Page 87

Green Bank Observatory BY JEAN HARDIMAN. Located in a ra- dio-quiet mountain valley in Pocahontas County, the Green Bank Observatory is an astronomy research facility and educa- tion center that serves as the home to eight radio telescopes, including the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, the world’s largest, fully steerable radio telescope. The observatory was founded in 1956 by the National Science Foundation. In October 2016, it reestablished itself as a stand-alone facil