Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory ‘not closing’ after collapse

The instrument platform of the Arecibo Observatory telescope falls through the air after cables broke Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory could still have a future after its vast telescope dramatically collapsed this week, US officials said Thursday. The structure was destroyed on Tuesday when its 900-ton receiver platform, which was suspended 450 feet (140 meters) in […]

Huge Puerto Rico radio telescope collapses; many mourning

This satellite image provided by 2020 Maxar Technologies shows the damaged radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2020. The National Science Foundation announced Thursday, Nov. 17 that it will close the huge telescope in a blow to scientists worldwide who depend on it to search for planets, asteroids and […]

Puerto Rico’s iconic Arecibo Observatory will be demolished

Arecibo’s days are done. After two support cables failed in recent months, the radio observatory’s 305-meter-wide dish is damaged beyond repair, the National Science Foundation announced on November 19. It will be decommissioned and dismantled. “It’s a death in the family,” says astronomer Martha Haynes of Cornell University, who has used the telescope in Puerto […]

Cable failures endanger renowned Puerto Rico radio telescope

In this Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 file photo, provided by the Arecibo Observatory, shows the damage done by a broken cable that supported a metal platform, creating a 100-foot (30-meter) gash to the radio telescope’s reflector dish in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Giant, aging cables that support the radio telescopes are slowly unraveling in this U.S. […]