Imagine a telescope powerful enough to collect radio waves from distant galaxies! This marvel of technology actually exists—and operates year-round from one of the most remote regions of the United States.
The Green Bank Telescope perches on a mountaintop in the Monongahela National Forest. This nontraditional telescope isn’t for peering through; it’s for collecting radio waves that give us information about objects in faraway galaxies. The 16-million ton telescope stands 485 feet tall. Though mammoth, it aims with accuracy within a single arc second.
Guided tours run throughout the summer, and self-guided hikers and cyclists are welcome year-round.