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Arecibo Observatory

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The Arecibo Observatory is part of the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (NAIC), a national research center operated by Cornell University under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF).


HC03 Box 53995 Arecibo, Puerto Rico 00612

787 - 878 - 2612

 
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Location Description from Publisher

"The Arecibo Observatory is part of the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (NAIC), a national research center operated by Cornell University under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF is an independent federal agency whose aim is to promote scientific and engineering progress in the United States. NSF funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering. Additional support is provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) The Observatory operates on a continuous basis, 24 hours a day every day, providing observing time, electronics, computer, travel and logistic support to scientists from all over the world. All results of research are published in the scientific literature which is publicly available. As the site of the world's largest single-dish radio telescope, the Observatory is recognized as one of the most important national centers for research in radio astronomy, planetary radar and terrestrial aeronomy. Use of the Arecibo Observatory is available on an equal, competitive basis to all scientists from throughout the world. Observing time is granted on the basis of the most promising research as ascertained by a panel of independent referees who review the proposals sent to the Observatory by interested scientists. Every year about 200 scientists visit the Observatory facilities to pursue their research project, and numerous students perform observations that lead to their master and doctoral dissertations. The Observatory had its origins in an idea of Professor William E. Gordon, then of Cornell University, who was interested in the study of the Ionosphere. Gordon's research during the fifties led him to the idea of radar back scatter studies of the Ionosphere. Gordon's persistence culminated in the construction of the Arecibo Observatory which began in the Summer of 1960. Three years later the Arecibo Ionospheric Observatory (AIO) was in operation under the direction of Gordon. The formal opening ceremony took place on November 1, 1963."

Location has special facilities for the phisically challenged

Fees and Rates:

Adults $5.00; Children and Seniors $3.00

Operating Hours:

Visitor Center: Wednesday - Friday: 12:00-4:00 pm, Saturday, Sunday, and most Holidays : 9:00 am-4:00 pm




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Last 5 Reviews
User Rating: 3/5

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, from , Arecibo Observatory
User Comments: It wasn't all that good for small kidz(ages 2&4)but for bigger kids it's another place you should see!!Must have comfortable shoes on!!!
Posted on 7/30/2009 12:36:17 PM


User Rating: 5/5

"EXCELLENT!!!"

Steve from Kitchener, Canada
User Comments: Just came from a trip at the Observatory. IMPRESSIVE! Can't miss it!
Posted on 7/4/2008 7:07:41 PM


User Rating: 5/5

"Really Enjoyed it!"

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User Comments: Arecibo Observatory ROCKS!!!
Posted on 5/13/2008 8:12:29 PM


User Rating: 5/5

"Awesome"

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User Comments: very good, and informative. don't miss it.
Posted on 11/24/2007 11:55:06 AM


User Rating: 5/5

"A MUST SEE SITE!"

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User Comments: I always go to this place every year. The Visitor Center is an exciting place for children and adults alike. And the view of the telescope is amazing! Dont miss it!!
Posted on 7/11/2006 11:19:41 AM


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