The end is near for famed Arecibo Observatory’s damaged telescope

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Sad news for the massive telescope that already had a hard year. Via CNN:

After decades of aiding astronomical discoveries, one of the most powerful telescopes on Earth will cease its observation of the universe after sustaining irreparable damage.

The 305-meter telescope at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico will be decommissioned, according to an announcement made by the US National Science Foundation on Thursday.

While the telescope will be decommissioned, the NSF plans to preserve as much of the observatory as it can. This will allow the observatory to serve as a hub for research and education in the future.

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