Accident: Arecibo telescope collapse

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Accident: Arecibo telescope collapse Gender: N/A
born on 1 December 2020 at 07:53:50 (= 07:53:50 AM )
Place Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico, 18n2039, 66w4510
Timezone AST h4w (is standard time)
Data source
Timed official source
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Astrodienst
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 09°45' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 22°00 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 24°45'

Accident: Arecibo telescope collapse
photo: H. Schweiker/WIYN and NOAO/AURA/NSF, license cc-by-sa-4.0


The Arecibo Telescope was a 305 m spherical reflector radio telescope built into a natural sinkhole at the Arecibo Observatory located near Arecibo, Puerto Rico. A cable-mount steerable receiver and several radar transmitters for emitting signals were mounted 150 m above the dish.

On 1 December 2020, the cables holding the instruments above the disk broke and the telescope collapsed.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Source Notes

German WP shows a time with seconds precision, which comes from a video with embedded time stamps.


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