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Thu Nov 26, 2020, 01:42 PM

Scientists, students demand action to keep Arecibo radio telescope operating [View all]


"The observatory is very important for science globally."
ByCristina Corujo
November 26, 2020, 12:10 PM
7 min read

After the National Scientific Foundation (NSF) announced last Thursday the demolition and decommission of the iconic Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico, scientists, experts and many Puerto Ricans have taken to digital platforms to plead with the government to save the 57-year-old observatory.

Many including researchers and students are using #SaveTheAreciboObservatory and #WhatAreciboMeansToMe hashtags to share the observatory's impact in their lives and the scientific world. A Twitter account called Save the Arecibo Observatory has also been created.

"#WhatAreciboMeansToMe: More than a telescope," Kevin Ortiz, a physics student at the University of Puerto Rico, wrote on Twitter. For him, the observatory has had "an incalculable impact in the communities of PR."

Organizations including the Planetary Society are also joining the conversation on social media. "Arecibo Observatory touched the lives of so many people. Its scientific achievements enriched our understanding of the universe and helped protect our planet from asteroids," the organization said in a tweet.

More:
https://abcnews.go.com/US/scientists-students-demand-action-arecibo-radio-telescope-operating/story?id=74402568

Also posted in Science:
https://www.democraticunderground.com/122872797

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