Green Bank Telescope: A Virtual Tour


Sarah Olivera, from the Green Bank Observatory located in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, provides an introduction into the history of the observatory, the National Radio Quiet Zone, and relates the need for a very large single dish radio telescope: The Green Bank Telescope. Learn about the design of the Green Bank Telescope, how it moves, how it collects data, and what makes it one of the world’s premier radio telescopes. Sarah shares her belief, “the telescope itself serves as a testament to humans’ natural and endearing curiosity; to put in so much time, effort, and teamwork, to create something to study the Universe that we inhabit is truly remarkable and should be celebrated and shared!”.

Sarah Olivera is a graduate of the University of Texas with a B.S. in Astronomy and a B.S. in Physics. She now works at the Green Bank Observatory in the Education and Public Outreach Division. As an undergraduate student she helped to create animations of pulsating white dwarfs from K2 data, as well as developing educational material for the Painter Hall Observatory. Sarah is passionate about sharing astronomy with audiences of all ages and backgrounds and is working to make STEM more approachable and inclusive for everyone.



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