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A new era for Arecibo: legendary observatory begins next phase

The damaged dish and external equipment of the now closed Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, photographed on August 8, 2023.

The Arecibo Observatory's 305-metre-wide telescope dish, once revered by astronomers, now sits in pieces. Credit: Ángel Enrique Valentín for Nature

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Nature 622, 19-20 (2023)


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  • Clarification 27 September 2023: An earlier version of this story said that the NSF will fund Arecibo C3 at $5 million over five years. The NSF has clarified that this figure is $5.5 million over five years. The agency also says that although there are currently no plans to use instruments on site for research, it will consider proposals for using existing and new equipment.


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