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"The Quietest Place..."

3 years 4 months 1 week ago May 19, 2013 May 19, 2013 Sunday, May 19 2013 May 19, 2013 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

The tiny town of Green Bank, nestled in the middle of the Allegheny Mountain Range, could 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. NBC News reports that 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 entire National Radio Quiet Zone borders Virginia and West Virginia and permissible noises include daytime car engines, wind, and thunder. Cellphones, Wi-fi radio and designated electronics are regulated by Chuck Naday who patrols and protects the largest steerable radio telescope. About half the size of the Statue of Liberty, the radio telescope listens into space, gathering signals originating 14 billion years ago.

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