Martz-Kohl Observatory hosts Virtual Tour of the Green Bank Radio Telescope

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Sarah Olivera of the Green Bank Observatory.

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The Martz-Kohl Observatory at 176 Robbin Hill Rd in Frewsburg, NY 14738, will host a virtual tour of the Green Bank Telescope on Wednesday, November 16 at 7:30pm. More info: https://martzobservatory.org/

Sarah Olivera, from the Green Bank Observatory located in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, will provide an introduction into the history of the observatory, the National Radio Quiet Zone, and relate 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!

This lecture will be shown on our big screen at the observatory and available online via Zoom. You are encouraged to come to the observatory to virtually meet Sarah and join in our always lively Q&A after her talk. Later, if the weather cooperates, we offer tours and viewing opportunities through the big telescopes.

Come to the Martz-Kohl Observatory on Wednesday, November 16 at 7:30pm, to attend in person, meet Robin virtually on our high-resolution, conference screen, and join in our lively Q&A after her talk. Later, if the weather cooperates, we will offer tours and viewing opportunities through the big telescopes.