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SLIDESHOW: Green Bank Radio Telescope

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Green Bank, West Virginia is home to the the Robert C. Byrd Radio Telescope (GBT) , the largest fully steerable radio telescope in the world.

The GBT is enormous! It is 485 feet tall and weighs more that 16,800,000 pounds The surface area of the telescope is 328 X 360 feet and houses more than 2,000 aluminum panels. It began operating in 2001 as part of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory under the National Science Foundation. However, the NSF recently decided to defund the project. The newly created Green Bank Observatory took over operations in October 2016 and is seeking private partners to help fund its annual operation costs.

Green Bank is part of the National Radio Quiet Zone (NRQZ); a 13,000 square mile area (West Virginia, Virginia, small part of Maryland) where radio transmissions are heavily restricted. 

The images included in the slideshow were either taken by WVVA's Rick Douglass or they are still images captured from video shot by WVVA's Matt Irvin. 

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