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Next Online Workshop begins on February 11!

Hey Astro fans! The Next PSC workshop starts February 11th at 7 PM  for an all hand orientation.  Teachers and students are welcome!  We give a brief overview of the  training structure  and show you around the websites we’ll be using.

For the following 6 weeks  we’ll step through the learning materials, give you access to a working radio telescope, and hang out with astronomers doing cutting edge research.  By the end you should be ready to get your hands on some GBT data and search for new pulsars.

Your first step is to register.  There is no cost.  By registering you get a log in and password which is necessary for the training and data access.  You also are added to our email list which is where we’ll send the zoom connection info.  Check this page out to learn more:

Announcing Another Data and Test Help Marathon– May 1!

Let’s get you ready for Capstone at WVU, and Pulsar Camp this summer!  We’ll be online May 1 from 3:00 PM Eastern till about 8:00 PM – Join us for all or part.  We will use our Zoom link to connect.

  1. If you’re having trouble getting through the tests, we’ll help you!  Guaranteed that you will be certified by the end of the session.
  2.  If you want to get your 50 data sets under your belt with some good company to answer your questions, join us1  You can get a lot done in a short amount of time with some friends to help along the way.
  3. Win goofy prizes!

Special PSC lecture on Gravitational waves on Jan 18, 2018

Happy new year! We are so excited to begin another year of discovery with you all. We would like to kick off the year with a guest lecture on the recent discoveries of gravitational waves by LIGO by WVU graduate student Belinda Cheeseboro. Belinda has been an author on the recent discovery papers and will tell you all you need to know about the greatest discovery of this century so far! She will talk for about 20-25 minutes, followed by time for questions.
Please join us on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7 pm EST at

PSC College Course is Back!

We will again be offering the PSC for WVU credit this year. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to get three credits under their belt before starting college, and to have a tangible reward for their PSC work.
  • Please read the course syllabus carefully to determine if you  are eligible,  and would like to enroll.
  • The fee will be $153 for the three-credit course. The first step for students is to fill out this registration form: and fax it to the number on the form. The CRN is 19076 and course name is ASTR 293A. We’d like to get all of the registrations in before the end of the year, if possible.
  • Also, if you do sign students up, please let Maura  know so she can stay on top of the applications and make sure they get through the system in time (maura.mclaughlin-at-

Pulsar Candidates Found– Followup to occur this Thursday night!

Our intrepid pulsar sleuths may have uncovered some pulsar gold! We will be holding a followup session on 2-3 new pulsar candidates this Thursday night– starting at 10:45 PM. Would you like to call in to the control room and find out how it’s going?

If you would like to be on site for the session, that could probably be arranged as well. We have several students joining us who discovered the candidates. We’d be happy to host a few more!

Send an email to Sue Ann at, and I’ll tell you how to connect!

PSC Campstone cancelled due to lack of enrollment

Gang ,

We only had 3 students enroll, and so unfortunately we have decided to cancel Campstone for this summer. We feel bereft, not having a PSC experience this summer though, so we thought we might host a weekend experience in September. I’d like to hear from you– let me know if you think it is a good idea, and you would be interested in coming. We are thinking of September 19,20,21. The 21st is our annual open house, and you would have some great opportunities to tour the labs and meet the scientists and engineers, machinists, and mechanics who work at the NRAO.

Send a quick email to Sue Ann at subject line: PSC weekend, and say I’m in if you are interested in coming.