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MOUHTAII TI*UI/' " December 2003 - 7 Tg00H ,L gVg03TN addition to offering tours throughout winter, the Science Center has made it for NRAO to extend some of its programming through the winter Here's the schedule: ,SCIENCE FIU, FEar Movies with a theme are shown in the Auditorium p.m. on the first Friday night of each December's film, ET, will be shown Friday, Dec. 5. Open to the public flee HIGH TECH WEDIqESD,Id A behind- tour of areas of the Observatory off-limits to visitors. Offered on the Wednesday of each month at 3:30. is limited to 15 participants. Time hour. Cost is $3 per per- and reservations are suggested. STAdl LAB Guests gather under a plane- balloon for a fascinating "look" at the I above. Every Thursday at 2 p.m. Time one hour. Space is limited to i participants per program. Cost is $3 per and reservations are suggested. Elr/dll PARTY NRAO staff will orient to the star-filled sky. Mwing the will follow on the Star Party Patio the Science Center. Bring your own optical telescopes. Star Par- begin 30 minutes before dark. Winter are Dec. 13, Jan. 17, Feb. 21, and 20. Open to the public free of Dress warmly. Cloudy skies will the event. are subject to change. To confirm or make reservations, call (304) 456- between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Leam about NRAO at gb.nrao.edu. Observatory is located on Rt.92/28 miles north of Madinton on the left 3 miles beyond the intersec- with Rt. 66 as you are driving north. NFL40. from pg. 1 Center will be open to the public from 10 a.m.-S p.m. \\;Vedncsdays through Sundays, with guided tours offered at l 1 a.m.. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. If you're planning to take a guided tour. it's a good idea to get there early and take a self-guided tour through the exhibit halt first. It will give you a good introduction and history of radio astron- omy. plus there are terrific hands-on ex- hibits that kids (even those over 40) will enjoy trying out. There are enough spinning objects and flashing lights to make even the ! most diehard video game fa- natic take notice, only these "games" offer a fascinating glimpse at how scientists are ex- ploring the se- crets of the uni- verse. For ex- ample, you can take a pulsar for a spin, measure the lengths of radio waves, or see how radio as- tronomers "paint by the numbers" to create pictures of objects in space. The exhibit hall is still a work in progress, and new displays are being added all the time. The day that I visit- ed, the museum technician was tweaking a remarkably detailed model of the GBT, The tour itself begins in the auditorium with an overview by a guide. I was fortunate that on the day I toured, Cara Rose con- ducted the tour. She is ex- Of course, overgrown adolescent that I am, the thing in the video that most captured my imagination was the sucstion that we are beaming old episode of "The Andx Griffith Show" into space in case there am aliens out there trying to determine if there is life on earth. Strange as that is, I guess it could be worse. They could be using "Feat Factor" or "CSI" to demonstrate life on earth. Rose pointed out that the Green Bank telescopes have been used by Search for Extraterrestrial Intelli- gence (SETI) to search for signs of life in outer space (no luck so far). She noted that anyone with a legiti- mate proposal can apply to use NRAO instruments for research. Proposals are re- viewed and it is not unheard of for laymen to get permis- sion to do research at the fa- cility. c Following the film, we "' PhotoIIcouNRAO boarded a diesel-powered exhlbits at the Emionee Center are hands..on bus for a ride around the corn- and for children and adults of ell ages. Hundreds pound to view the eight radio 04 schoolkid$ pass through the exhibit hall each telescopes at the site. If you month. The Science Center hopes to host every want to know why the bus has child in West Virginia before they graduate from to be diesel-powered, you'll high school. The new facility offers a greatly ex- . panded program of learning and special events just have to take the tour for for evtm/level - from scientist to passerby, yourself. And don't bring !1 7: :::- -7 ........... !!! ,! .............. :--:77 There are enough spin- ning objects and flashing lights to make even the most diehard video game fanatic take notice... your cell phone, because you're going to be riding around in the National Radio Quiet Zone. You'll also understand what that's all about after the tour. The new Science Center also has greatly expanded NRAO's capacity to offer educational programming. One of the goals of the education program at the Ob- servatory is for every child in West Virginia to visit the facility before they graduate from high school. Spe- cial programs for college students and science teach- ers are offered as well. A new "bunkhouse" near completion across from which visitors will soon be able to manip- ulate and use to simulate observation ses- sions. The GBT, by the way, is the largest moveable object on land and the largest fully steerable telescope in the world.  at, flood HISTORIC BUILDING l'N MARLINqI'ON, On the National Register of Historic Places. This gem has over 7,000 sq. ft. of space. Partially restored, qualifies for Federal & State tax credits. MLS # 03-401 $175,1100. large back yard w/ chain : fencing AND bordering RL39 - a major tou/ist route: lately for older home, 3 large BR w/cedar closets, + ! regular size BR, ceramic tile baths. Unat- tached brick garage with 2 BR over it. Central heating & air. 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After fielding a number of questions from our small but inquisitive group, she then showed the 12- minute video "Catching the Wave," which is very well done and illustrated with im- pressive computer animation. the Science Center will amply provide space for school groups to stay on the Observatory grounds, making it even more feasible for groups from distant parts of the state to visit. Sue Ann Heatherly, NRAO Education Officer in Green Bank, anticipates that with these additional re- sources, the Center will become an educational desti- nation for school groups from the entire Appalachiin region, Washington, D.C. and beyond. o tho ro00ort aroa'e o mo00t oxporioneod 00nowboard ouffiftor00. 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The Science Center also of_ fers a great family-friendly al- ternative for those seeking to boldly go somewhere fun on those days when poor weather conditions or aching muscles necessitate a break from the slopes. Just beam yourself over to Green Bank for an eK- ' citing voyage of discovery. Yolt can't and shouldn't miss it. Your acl in ,00ou00uN lr00,i will IN SCNm by mr" than 10,000 rt: We deliver 6000 each month in The Pocahontas . .times, and distribute 4200 more all over Pocahontas, Rar dolph and Greenbrier :oun- ties. And they're available all I I month long. Call 304-799- 1 4973 to find out how to placl your ad in the next issuel 3l 31