Programs & Resources
Pulsar Search Collaboratory
The Pulsar Search Collaboratory is an out-of-school-time citizen science project for students aged 13 and up. The PSC is a partnership program between West Virginia University and the Green Bank Observatory. Learn more about the PSC.
WV Science Public Outreach Team
The West Virginia Science Public Outreach Team (WV SPOT) inspires an appreciation of STEM and STEM careers in K-12 students through the delivery of interactive presentations by undergraduate students, which highlight innovative science and engineering research in the Mountain State. Learn more about WV SPOT...
GWAC member and WVU researcher, Dr. Zachariah Etienne, is leading a global volunteer effort titled BlackHoles@Home. Utilizing their own home computers, citizen scientists can assist the scientific community in unlocking the secrets contained in gravitational waves observed when black holes collide into one another. The data collected from the collision of binary black holes will help researchers better interpret the data.
The project recruits volunteers to help advance the understanding of black holes by running collision simulations from their own home computers.
WVU Planetarium and Observatory
For more than 30 years, the planetarium at West Virginia University has given Morgantown and the surrounding communities a glimpse into worlds beyond our own. Sitting atop White Hall, the planetarium has served thousands of people each year, including hundreds of WVU students.
All shows are now virtual and open to the public. For a current listing of shows and showtimes, visit the Planetarium's website.
little green men
little green men
is a documentary about high school students searching for
pulsars (a certain type of collapsed star) using radio astronomy data
from West Virginia's
Green Bank Telescope through the
Pulsar Search Collaboratory (PSC).
You can watch the documentary and learn more about how high school students are discovering pulsars and how to support their continued research.
Mapping the Milky Way
Under the guidance of Dr. Loren Anderson, high school students participating
in the Mapping the Milky Way project can help map the Milky Way. Nearly 2000 HII regions in
the Galaxy that we could look at, but not all of these can be detected by the
GBT. The job of the students is to decide which of these 2000 regions they should observe.
Next, they are observed using the GBT to map out the structure of the Milky Way,
and to better understand how massive stars are born.