Green Bank Observatory green-lighted for another five years

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In this Nov. 14, 2013 photo, the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope towers over farmland as dusk falls in Green Bank, W.Va. Officials at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory chose the site for its remote location and mountainous surroundings, which help to keep distant radio waves outside of the quiet zone at bay, while interference inside the zone is restricted by state and federal laws. The National Radio Quiet Zone enables scientists to hear faint signals from outer space that would otherwise be easily obscured by man-made interference. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

GREEN BANK, W.Va. (WFXR) – The future of the Green Bank Observatory in Pocahontas County will keep searching through the stars for another five years.

The National Science Foundation has entered into a new five-year agreement with Associated Universities, Inc. to continue operations of the world’s largest steerable radio telescope.

The telescope made headlines earlier this month after astronomers found, what they believe, is the largest neutron star ever discovered.

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