The San Juan Field Chapter is very excited to invite you to a free webinar we are hosting on February 25, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., (eastern time) named: Puerto Rico's Waning Window to the Universe: Arecibo Observatory Radio Telescope History and Future
The Arecibo Observatory, also known as the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (NAIC), was an observatory in Puerto Rico owned by the US National Science Foundation (NSF).
The Observatory's primary instrument was the Arecibo Telescope; it was the world's largest single-aperture telescope for 53 years, surpassed in July 2016 by the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) in China.
On November 19, 2020, the NSF decommissioned the telescope due to safety concerns, a couple of months before two cables that supported the receiver platform broke.
The astronomy studies' big sad day was December 1, 2020, when the main telescope collapsed before controlled demolition could be conducted.
Besides the radio-telescope, there is a LIDAR facility (commonly used to make high-resolution maps) and an educational visitor center. All of these areas are expected to remain operational after the damage to the main telescope.
Our invited speakers participated in the Observatory's construction & administration. They will introduce us to the past, present & future of the Arecibo Observatory.
This is going to be the link to our webinar: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://pucpr.zoom.us/j/91086507676?pwd=R2FBdmJKY20wdCthdWUrcUFMMEVEZz09&sa=D&source=calendar&ust=1613327791785000&usg=AOvVaw3UnVHIp2mdUWxxdDz6Ngq-
We hope to see you all there in this virtual presentation.