Thursday, December 10, 2020

Arecibo Telescope: Collapse

Environmental & Science Education, STEM, Astronomy, Cosmology, Technology

Ed Hessler

By now you know that Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico has collapsed. It had been shut down because of its deteriorating structural conditions. Scientists and engineers were trying to determine whether the structure could be repaired.

In operation for 57 years, it has been a primary technological tool in research about the cosmos and the Wiki entry includes contributions to our understanding of the Universe from research using this tool which greatly extended our senses.

The BBC has a short video (1m ll s) showing the moment the Arecibo Observatory collapsed.

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