Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico: Doorway to the Universe

One of my must-see places when I visited Puerto Rico was the jaw-dropping Arecibo Observatory, the largest single-dish radio telescope in the World.

IMG_2398 A staggering 1000 feet in diameter, the enormous dish of the telescope is quite literally built into the mouth of a sink hole in Puerto Rico’s central mountains.

IMG_2409The dish focuses the electromagnetic waves it collects towards a series of antennas positioned above it.

IMG_2390The antennas are suspended high above the dish by a cat’s cradle of cables, which are in turn supported by three massive pillars.

IMG_2391The telescope is used to study all sorts of clever technical fields, including radio astronomy, planetary radar and atmospheric science. As such, the Arecibo Observatory provides a doorway to our better understanding of the Earth, the Solar system and the Universe in general.

IMG_2412The public observation area provides a great bird’s eye view of the dish.

IMG_2402In fact, if you squint and stand on one leg, the dish kind of looks like a giant bird’s eye.

IMG_2393This post was inspired by the photo themes Door from Cheri (Daily Post) and Bird’s Eye (View) from Paula (Lost in Translation).

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6 Responses to Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico: Doorway to the Universe

  1. Paula says:

    That’s some high-tech observatory. I’m happy you’ve shared it with me, Jaspa. 🙂 Thank you so much.

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