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The Arecibo Observatory has been a beacon of science and ground breaking discoveries for more than 60 years, helping us better understand the universe around us, and serving as an inspiration to new generations of scientists and engineers across the world. It has also become a part of the culture of Puerto Rico, an iconic place serving as a clear favorite for school trips and family days. + Read More


El impacto del colapso del radiotelescopio William E. Gordon en el Observatorio de Arecibo se siente profundamente por el personal de la instalación, los científicos y la isla de Puerto Rico, pero las ondas de la pérdida también se han sentido en todo el mundo. Es por eso que los estudiantes de la Escuela Primaria Magnet Goldsboro en Florida decidieron que "animarían" al personal del Observatorio de Arecibo con cartas llenas de dibujos coloridos y palabras de simpatía y esperanza para el futuro del observatorio. + Read more


The impact from the collapse of the William E. Gordon radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory is keenly felt by the facility’s staff, scientists, and the island of Puerto Rico, but the ripples of loss have also been felt world-wide. That is why students at the Goldsboro Elementary Magnet School in Florida decided they would “cheer up” the staff at the Arecibo Observatory with letters filled with colorful drawings and words of sympathy and hope for the observatory’s future.  + Read More


A massive, iconic tool for exploring the cosmos went dark on December 1, 2020, as the 900 ton platform of the William E Gordon telescope fell 150 meters from its suspended height into the 305-meter radio dish below. The telescope, which held the title of "world’s largest single dish telescope" from its inception in 1963 until 2016, suffered a series of surprising cable breaks beginning in August 2020 that led to the telescope’s premature dissolution.   + Read More