Cometary Radio Astronomy

Practical Information

The Workshop will be held at NRAO's Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia, where the intimate setting, isolation, and great natural beauty ensure a high level of interaction and communication. Lodging will be provided on or nearby the Observatory grounds. There will be no registration fee, and the NRAO will cover all meal and housing expenses. We can also provide some transportation to Green Bank from nearby airports in Charlottesville VA (CHO), Pittsburgh PA (PIT) and Washington DC (IAD).

Additionally, the Center for Chemistry of the Universe ( has generously made available some funds to support travel to the Workshop by students from U.S. Institutions. If you know of someone who would qualify please let us know at

The workshop will begin with a reception on the evening of Sunday, 16 May 2010, and end with lunch on Wednesday, 19 May 2010. Weather permitting, workshop participants will be given a guided tour to the top of the Green Bank Telescope, the world's largest fully steerable telescope. Attendance is limited to about 40 by the logistics of the Observatory, and every attendee will be expected to participate in the Workshop in some way.

Information on driving to the Green Bank Observatory is available on our web site Please follow these directions as they have been optimized using the best current information on road conditions. If you are coming from the Washington D.C. vicinity (e.g. IAD or GSFC) please follow alternative route 2(a). Construction of a new 4-lane highway has made this route superior to alternative 2(b). Driving directions given by GPS receivers and routing software (e.g., Mapquest) are notoriously unreliable within 50 miles of the Observatory. At no time should you leave the paved road.

Upon arrival at the Observatory please go to the Residence Hall (first building on the right; see the site map on the above website) where you will receive a packet including information about your housing. There will be a informal reception in the Residence Hall Lounge Sunday evening. All scientific sessions will be in the auditorium of the Jansky Lab.

Part of the Workshop will involve a trip to the top of the Green Bank Telescope, weather permitting. For this you will need closed-toe shoes (i.e. no sandals). A sweater or light jacket is also recommended as temperatures are likely to fall into the 40sF during the evening. Some rain is possible.

Feel free to contact the LOC with any last minute questions at The "Comets10" LOC. We are looking forward to an informative and enjoyable meeting.