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Snowshoe’s neighbor keeps an eye on the sky

November 28, 2011

SNOWSHOE - When guests visit Snowshoe Mountain Resort, they are often seen wandering aimlessly through the resort's Village, cell phone pointed to the sky, a puzzled look on their face. Located in Pocahontas County, Snowshoe is in a federally mandated quiet zone encompassing nearly 13,000 square miles, created to minimize possible harmful radio interference, which causes guests' usually busy electronic devices to fall mostly silent during their visit to the picturesque resort. The quiet zone is in place to help protect the work being done just off the mountain at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, W.Va, also in Pocahontas County. Green Bank's NRAO facility, one of several NRAO research centers located around the United States, is home to the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, the largest fully steerable dish in the world.



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