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Tue Sep 8, 2020, 12:22 AM

Arecibo Observatory Damage

Arecibo Observatory, home of the second largest radio telescope in the world, was badly damaged in 2017 when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. Federal funding for the facility has been cut severely since then, and now a cable holding up the telescope has snapped, damaging the telescope and forcing Arecibo to close.

Areciboís importance

The radio telescope at Arecibo does not just observe, as most telescopes do. It is able to transmit radio waves as well. This means that Arecibo can send out signals in case anyone out in the universe is listening, which it does. It also means that Arecibo is able to track asteroids and make sure they are not heading toward a collision with the earth.

The observatory has done this work for more than half a century. Itís an important element of defense against objects in space.

Arecibo is also an important player in research. It was with the help of Areciboís telescope that the ice caps of mercury were discovered, the surface of Venus was mapped, and the first binary pulsar was discovered.

Read more: https://www.puertoricoreport.com/arecibo-observatory-damage/#.X1cGhYtOnIU

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TexasTowelie Sep 2020 OP
nocoincidences Sep 2020 #1
CloudWatcher Sep 2020 #5
OAITW r.2.0 Sep 2020 #2
PoindexterOglethorpe Sep 2020 #3
littlemissmartypants Sep 2020 #4
CloudWatcher Sep 2020 #6
SleeplessinSoCal Sep 2020 #7

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Sep 8, 2020, 12:28 AM

1. This is outrageous.

This telescope is so important that nothing should ever shut it down.

This is one of thousands of issues that Biden's administration must address!

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Response to nocoincidences (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 8, 2020, 02:48 AM

5. "facility has been shut down until repairs can be completed"

They have not decided to abandon it, it's just closed for repairs. The damage was extensive.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Sep 8, 2020, 12:30 AM

2. Science? In Puerto Rico? Why would this racist-moron ever support that? nt

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Sep 8, 2020, 01:32 AM

3. I knew that it had been damaged, but somehow I'd forgotten that it was

that long ago.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Sep 8, 2020, 02:02 AM

4. Arecibo's an incredible place. Shutting it down is a tragedy.

Makes me really sad.

❤ lmsp

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 8, 2020, 02:49 AM

6. not a permanent shutdown

It's just closed for repairs. Of course, this admin could always decide not to fix it, but that hasn't happened yet.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Sep 8, 2020, 02:49 AM

7. The End Timers win another one.

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