4 Places You Must See in West Virginia

by | Sep. 21, 2010


2. National Radio Astronomy Observatory

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.

Click here to read the full article of "Destination: Appalachian Highlands," which gives other great places to visit in West Virginia.
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