Arecibo radio telescope badly damaged.
The globe’s 2nd largest radio telescope, the Arecibo telescope, was damaged very severely, on Monday, August 10th, 2020. In the dish of the telescope, there was reported to be a 100-foot-long gash. Because of this, it is not at all sure, as to when the telescope would begin functioning again,
“The Arecibo Observatory 1,000′ radio telescope was the largest in the world from 1963 until 2016. High winds in 2017 resulted in damage to 30 of its 38,000 aluminium panels, but a broken cable just days ago caused a 100′ long gash on the dish.”
This happened when a rope from the Arecibo radio telescope, which is in the Arecibo Observatory Puerto Rico, broke away, thus creating a big notch below the bowl.
The telescope, also called the William E. Gordon Telescope, was very badly damaged, when one of its 8 steel cables was torn away.
“Astronomers normally used the Arecibo Radio Telescope to study hazardous asteroids as they fly past Earth. Also, in 1974, it beamed out the most powerful broadcast ever sent to communicate with potential aliens. – In 2016, it detected the first repeating fast radio bursts. This is really sad news and a big set back for radio astronomy.”
At 300 meters, up to the year 2016, the Arecibo radio telescope, was the biggest radio telescope in the world. This was then overtaken as the largest telescope in the world, by the Chinese FAST telescope, which has a size of 520 meters.
Besides being used as a radio telescope, the Arecibo Observatory telescope is also used as a radar dish, for the purpose of detecting asteroids which are located millions of miles from planet Earth.
“The Iconic Arecibo Telescope Goes Quiet After Major Damage. A cable cut a large gash into the radio telescope this week and it’s uncertain when it will be back in working order.”
Will the Arecibo radio telescope, ever function again?