Arecibo Observatory

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The Arecibo Observatory is a radio telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, and part of the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (NAIC). The observatory has a 305 m (1,000 ft) spherical reflector dish built into a natural sinkhole.

For more than 50 years, the Arecibo Observatory was the world's largest single telescope until the Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) in China was built in 2016.

The observatory was damaged by Hurricane Maria in 2017 and was affected by earthquakes in 2019 and 2020. Two cable breaks, one in August 2020 and a second in November 2020, damaged the dish. This caused concern that the telescope might collapse.

The National Science Foundation announced on November 19, 2020 that it would decommission and dismantle the telescope.[1][2]

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  1. Clery, Daniel (November 19, 2020). "Famed Arecibo telescope, on the brink of collapse, will be dismantled". Science | AAAS. Archived from the original on November 19, 2020. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  2. Witze, Alexandra (November 19, 2020). "Legendary Arecibo telescope will close forever — scientists are reeling". Nature. doi:10.1038/d41586-020-03270-9. Archived from the original on November 19, 2020. Retrieved November 19, 2020.