Random Space Fact: Green Bank Observatory Shuts Down For Science

Feb 12, 2021 | Daily Space, Random Space Fact

Random Space Fact: Green Bank Observatory Shuts Down For Science
IMAGE: Flying squirrel tagged with GPS monitor being held before release. CREDIT: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Northeast

Your random space fact for the week comes from the Twitter account of the Green Bank Observatory

Conservationists needed to do a study on the migration patterns of endangered flying squirrels in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia around the radio telescope. This required the use of GPS transmitters to track the animals, which was a bit of a problem because the Green Bank Telescope is very sensitive to radio emissions and is in a Radio Quiet Zone. For the three-month duration of the study, no data could be taken with the telescope due to interference from the transmitters, so instead the team performed needed maintenance.

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Green Bank Observatory tweet



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