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What's happening at the AO?


The highly anticipated arrival of the Culebra Aerosol Research Lidar (CARLA) instrument container to the Arecibo Observatory occurred on February 5th, 2021. This marks the beginning of the installation of the new CARLA instrument that had been funded through a grant from the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust in 2020. + Read More


In December, the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics will be awarded to three scientists who were able to first shed light on black holes. One half of the award will be given to Sir Roger Penrose from the University of Oxford, who in 1965, used mathematics and Einstein's general theory of relativity to predict the existence and describe the nature of black holes. + Read More</b>


The University of Central Florida today delivered engineering options to address the Arecibo Observatory to the National Science Foundation. UCF manages the facility under a cooperative agreement with Universidad Ana G. Méndez and Yang Enterprises Inc. for NSF. A main cable failed at AO about 7:30 pm on Nov. 6. Safety remains the team’s primary concern, so a safety zone has been set up around the reflector dish and only personnel needed to respond to the incident are allowed onsite. + Read More