Thursday, November 26

Aceibo Telescope: the threat of collapse for which they are going to dismantle the iconic Puerto Rico observatory

  • Paul Rincon
  • BBC News Science Editor


The Arecibo radio telescope was instrumental in several astronomical discoveries in six decades.

The iconic Arecibo radio telescope, in Puerto Rico, must be dismantled due to security problems detected in its structure, authorities reported.

A review of the 305 m diameter observatory showed that there is a risk of collapse catastrophic, as there is damage to its support system.

It was concluded that the huge structure could not be repaired without posing a risk life-threatening for construction workers.

The telescope has been a key scientific resource for astronomers for almost 60 years.

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