Some of the most important signals stars send through the universe are invisible, so a group of Randolph astronomy students traveled to West Virginia to study the heavens with a radio telescope this month.
The observatory houses the world’s largest steerable radio telescope with a 100-foot diameter, as well as a 40-foot telescope that is used for educational purposes.
Katrin Schenk, a professor of physics and astronomy, said this was the first time she knows of the College taking students to the Green Bank observatory. While controlling and monitoring a large radio telescope is not an everyday experience, students regularly have the opportunity to study the skies in Winfree Observatory, the College’s star gazing facility featuring a computer-controlled 14-inch telescope.
The observatory also is open to the public for occasional Star Parties, which are listed in the College’s events calendar.