155 Observatory Rd
Select Fridays starting in April; 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.;
Due to high demand and limited capacity, advance reservations are required. 20 participants max.; Ages 12 & up. The tour requires climbing stairs. Background screening required.
Our tour celebrates Green Bank’s historic Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). It begins with an exclusive presentation right in the control room of our 85-1 Telescope where the search began with Frank Drake’s OZMA project. From there, guests enjoy rare admittance into the 140-foot telescope where Jill Tarter’s Project Phoenix took place and then to normally-restricted GBT access points. The tour ends in our Drake Lounge where you will be greeted by one of our own astronomers and learn about the future of SETI and the role of the GBT in the Breakthrough Listen project.
If you’ve ever wanted to be inside our operation control rooms or to speak to one of our radio astronomers in person, then this is THE opportunity of a lifetime!
SETI Tour dates for 2023: Coming Soon!