RIP Arecibo telescope — you’ll be missed

Okay, 2020 – just stop it already.

As may seem reasonable, in early 2020, astronomers using Arecibo found an asteroid resembling a man’s head. Wear a face mask. The powerful telescope, the victim of many disasters, will eventually be pushed beyond and beyond the shore. Before the year ends, the telescope will be dead.

In July 2016, the Five Hundred Meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) came online in China, and RCBo lost its title of the largest single aperture telescope in the world.

Hurricane Maria hit the dish in September 2017, destroying 30 of the facility’s 38,000 aluminum panels. Although relatively minor, it was the first in a series of events unfortunate for Arecibo.

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