Famous alien-hunting telescope collapsed in December. Now, investigators might know why.

An ongoing investigation of the December collapse of the iconic radio telescope at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico offers early evidence that a manufacturing issue may have contributed to the failure. The telescope’s massive science platform, which weighed in at 900 tons, was suspended above the vast radio dish by three dozen supporting cables. But […]

Now-dead radio telescope finds bizarre venomous-spider star

Astronomers have discovered black widows and redbacks in space. While these cosmic objects don’t kill and eat their mates, the stars share their eight-legged counterparts’ violent behavior toward companions. In addition to the run-of-the-mill spider stars, the researchers also discovered a bizarre black widow-redback crossbreed. The scientists used the now-destroyed Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico […]

Astronomers are still reeling from the loss of iconic Arecibo radio telescope

The collapse of the iconic radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico last month has left astronomers with a host of questions about what went wrong and what comes next. During a virtual town hall event held at the 237th conference of the American Astronomical Society on Monday (Jan. 11), officials at the […]

Mars missions, a super-powered telescope, and more exciting 2021 space events

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China is opening the world’s largest radio telescope up to international scientists

Following the collapse of the historic Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, China has opened the biggest radio telescope in the world up to international scientists.  In Pingtang, Guizhou province stands the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), the largest radio telescope in the world, surpassing the Arecibo Observatory, which stood as the largest in the world […]

China to open giant telescope to international scientists

The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) in southwestern China’s Guizhou province is the only significant instrument of its kind Nestled among the mountains in southwest China, the world’s largest radio telescope signals Beijing’s ambitions as a global centre for scientific research. The Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST)—the only significant instrument of its kind after […]

Solar telescope releases first image of a sunspot

The first sunspot image taken on Jan. 28, 2020, by the NSF’s Inouye Solar Telescope’s Wave Front Correction context viewer. The image reveals striking details of the sunspot’s structure as seen at the sun’s surface. The sunspot is sculpted by a convergence of intense magnetic fields and hot gas boiling up from below. This image […]

These photos of the Arecibo Observatory telescope collapse are just heartbreaking

Gut-wrenching pictures and video documented the beginning of the end for one of the world’s most iconic telescopes.  The National Science Foundation’s Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, known for its studies of asteroids and aliens and for its cameo in a James Bond film, collapsed this morning (Dec. 1). The 900-ton platform that hung above […]

Broken Arecibo telescope collapses, ending an era of alien-hunting

A broken cable was the final straw for the already badly damaged Arecibo Observatory’s radio telescope in Puerto Rico. The massive structure’s 900-ton instrument platform collapsed on Tuesday (Dec. 1) and landed on the 1,000-foot-wide (305 meters) radio dish. The cable parted at around 8 a.m. local time, Ramon Lugo, director of the Florida Space […]