Snow Settles on the 300-foot
Although the surface of the 300-foot telescope in Green Bank, west Virginia was made of aluminum mesh, it still gathered snow. To remove it, telescope operators could dip the dish and hope the snow slid off, shovel it off, or try more creative means of releasing the burden from the dish. One method used was lighting fires underneath the mesh; however, these were soon extinguished by their own successful snow melting prowess. Another technique was an early form of industrial snow-blower — a Rolls-Royce jet engine!