Green Bank Star Quest


The Central Appalachian Astronomy Club of West Virginia brings you the only combined OPTICAL and RADIO star party. Just like the typical optical star party we have: camping, tents, lots of scopes, friendly amateur astronomers, lectures, and vendors. Then we sweeten the deal. First-off our campsite area has graveled roads. There are hot showers nearby. The campground is located in the middle of the Green Bank Observatory (GBO) site complex. It has a beautiful view of the world's largest steerable radio telescope, the GBT, and of the high mountain valley surrounding it. You can set your scope up right at you campsite for daytime and nighttime observing.  Hot meals for breakfast and supper are available in the on site cafeteria. A snack bar is open from lunchtime through early evening. You can sit down in a climate-controlled classroom for one of our topnotch daytime presentations or clinics, take a tour of the GBO site, check out our large raffle drawing or do some shopping at our vendors' tables.  After supper each and every evening you can enjoy a keynote speaker's presentation. Then return to your site for some night sky viewing that might just knock your socks off.  But that's not all: You also have an opportunity to learn about radio astronomy. The GBO people do some cutting-edge science  and are very willing to tell you about it. A limited number of you can sign up to run a 40' radio astronomy dish (so sign up early).  We have fun learning activities for children. Of course we can't guarantee clear skies but we will do our best to make your Green Bank Star Quest experience a memorable one. We wholeheartedly thank the GBO for their assistance and use of their wonderful site.

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