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‘A Magically Surreal Symbol of Human Ingenuity’: Scientists Reflect on Arecibo’s Doomed Big Dish – Gizmodo Australia

The big dish at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico is on the verge of collapse, leaving officials with no choice but to retire the famous radio telescope. Astronomers…

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The big dish at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico is on the verge of collapse, leaving officials with no choice but to retire the famous radio telescope. Astronomers around the world are now having to face a grim reality: that this dutiful dish in service for the past 57 years is no more.
I have to admit, the thought that the 1,000-foot (305-metre) dish at Arecibo would have to be torn down never occurred to me when I first started to cover this story during the summer. The first disturbing…

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