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Legendary Arecibo telescope will close forever — scientists are reeling

Wide aerial shot showing a hole in the main collecting dish of the Arecibo Observatory radio telescope.

Damage to the Arecibo telescope from a 6 November cable break is too extensive to repair, the US National Science Foundation says. Credit: University of Central Florida/Arecibo Observatory

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Nature 587, 529-530 (2020)


Updates & Corrections

  • Update 19 November 2020: This story was updated to include more reactions from the scientific community and to add details about ongoing research and upgrades at the observatory.

  • Correction 20 November 2020: This story was updated to correct the spelling of astronomer Abel Méndez’s name, the full name of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and Christopher Salter’s affiliation.


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