Pat Shingleton: "Hold It Down..."
The village of Green Bank is nestled in the Allegheny Mountain Range and may be one of the quietest places on Earth. It's the home of the Green Bank Telescope, operating under the auspices of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. In 1958, the Federal Communications Commission created a 13,000-square-mile quiet zone to shield Green Bank's radio telescopes from man-made interference. The National Radio Quiet Zone borders Virginia and West Virginia. Permissible noises include car engines, wind and thunder. Cellphones, Wi-fi radio and designated electronics are regulated, protecting the largest steerable radio telescope. About half the size of the Statue of Liberty, it listens into space, gathering signals originating 14 billion years ago.