Travel Info for the Undergraduate ALFALFA Workshop
Green Bank Observatory
June 13-17, 2016
TRAVEL FROM DULLES AIRPORT TO OBSERVATORY
There will be a bus from Washington Dulles (IAD) airport
to Green Bank observatory on Monday, June 13. Departure time 3:30pm.
Meet the group near the Hudson News on the second level (check-in/ticketing level)
around 3:00pm. The bus will be parked at the far right end of this terminal as you
exit the doors from the second level. It is a large white bus that has NRAO
insignia and astronomical designs along it.
For those with a long wait in the airport, see the Dulles Dining Directory for food options. There
is more variety inside the gates, so you may want to choose something before
exiting to the terminal.
There will be one bus returning to Dulles on Friday, June 17, leaving about
IN CASE OF FLIGHT DELAYS
If you are delayed, it is important that you call a contact person, so
that we can determine whether the bus should or should
not wait for you.
If your group misses the bus, you will need to rent a car
to drive to Green Bank.
If the hour is late, you can spend a night near Dulles.
If you expect to be delayed, please call at least one
contact person, preferably more than one. Contact phone numbers are
provided on the email list and on the
Google UAT Groups page
Everyone will be accommodated on the Green Bank Observatory grounds.
Faculty will be accommodated one or two to a room in the residence hall
and/or "chaperone" room at the bunkhouse.
Students will be accommodated
in the bunkhouse. The bunkhouse is dormitory-style.
Towels and linens are provided, but please bring your own
There is an internet connection in the Science Lab and
a phone in the common area of the bunkhouse. To make phone calls, you
will need a calling card. Faculty in residence hall rooms will have
internet connections; the chaperone rooms have phones. Internet connections
will be available in the meeting room (auditorium) as well as some smaller
There is a refrigerator in the bunkhouse. Each faculty room in the
residence hall has a refrigerator. A coffee maker is available in the lounge of the
THINGS YOU SHOULD BRING
- your laptop, for meeting activities
- USB stick for sharing files
- calling card if you want to use the phones (you cannot use your cell!!)
- ear plugs if you are a light sleeper
- alarm clock: you can use your cell phone alarm if the cell
is in airplane mode.
- closed-toe shoes for the telescope tour (you will not be allowed on the
telescope with open-toe shoes!)
- sweater/jacket since weather can be changeable/chilly
- snacks for after hours
All meals will be provided at the Observatory cafeteria.
The cafeteria, located in the residence hall, opens at 7:30am and closes after
The bunkhouse is next to the cafeteria.
Vegetarian options will be available at each
meal. Please let Becky know if you have food restrictions.
The Starlight Cafe in the Science Center is open until 7:00pm
(hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream).
You may want to bring a few snack items of your own.
There will be ethernet connections available in the lecture room for
laptops. We strongly encourage all participants to bring their
laptops, especially if they are using a Mac or Linux operating system.
Be aware that
tablets/ipads that have no direct ethernet will be less useful.
If you have a mac without an ethernet port, be sure to bring
the appropriate thunderbolt cable. You might also bring an ethernet cable
if you have it.
Be sure to disable any wireless devices on laptops (why, students?).
If possible, install TOPCAT on your laptop before the workshop.
Directions are provided at http://www.star.bris.ac.uk/~mbt/topcat/
under "Obtaining TOPCAT"
and on the UAT Groups Google site (ask Becky for access).
A Brief Introduction to TOPCAT, from our Scavenger Hunt #0.
The observatory is in a remote location, not in ready reach of
pharmacies or supermarkets. PLEASE BE SURE TO BRING A SUPPLY OF ANY
MEDICINES YOU NEED. It's a good idea to also be prepared with any
over-the-counter medicines, such as aspirin or allergy medications.
If you are susceptible to motion sickness, you may want to take any medication before the ride to the observatory.
CELL PHONES and RFI
You will not be able to use your cell phone at the Green Bank Observatory
(why is that, students?!). Please disable your phone, as well as
any other wireless devices (e.g., pagers, laptops). There are phones
available around the facility. You can make long distance calls from these
phones with a calling card, so you may want to purchase a calling card.
this explanation of RFI policies
WEATHER AND DRESS
Temperatures at Green Bank in June usually range from 70-80 degrees.
The buildings can be cool, so
bring a sweater/sweatshirt with you to the meetings. Dress is
Please bring closed-toe shoes (for example, sneakers) for the facility tours.
Please check out airline and TSA regulations. In particular, you are limited to the amount of liquid you can carry in your carry-on bag. This page provides full details.
Observatory Travel Website
You might like to look at the observatory information:
Workshop Home Page
Last modified: Wed Jun 8 12:04:47 EDT 2016