Science teachers from all over the country participated in the National Science Foundation program DSPIRA – Digital Signal Process in Radio Astronomy, in which they worked on building their own telescopes. For two weeks, the teachers were at the Green Bank Observatory collecting data. Above, New York teacher Ted Hurman calibrates his telescope – or horn – in order to monitor the hydrogen in the atmosphere. A fellow teacher’s service dog Nilla was on hand to assist with the experiment. S. Stewart photo

Suzanne Stewart
Staff Writer

For two weeks this summer, a crop of horn-shaped objects have been visible at the old director’s house at the Green Bank Observatory, leading many motorists driving by to wonder – what is going on there?

The simple answer is “research.”

The horn-shaped objects are homemade telescopes, created by high school science teachers participating in a six-week program  – DSPIRA [Digital Signal Process in Radio Astronomy] – offered through West Virginia University and the GBO, funded by the National Science Foundation.

The objects – while made from simple materials from a hardware store – are, in fact, telescopes, much like the Green Bank…

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