Arecibo Observatory

Areci­bo Observatory

Hid­den by the sur­round­ing moun­tains along the North-West­ern area of Puer­to Rico, lies the Areci­bo Ionos­pher­ic Obser­va­to­ry. It was built in 1960, and is fund­ed year­ly by a $7.5 Mil­lion grant from the Nation­al Sci­ence Foun­da­tion. These funds are man­aged by Cor­nell Uni­ver­si­ty in Itha­ca, New York. The “Dish” can be seen from a jum­bo jet 33,000 feet in the air, but a map is need­ed to find its entrance on ground. Sci­en­tists from all over the world have vis­it­ed there. In fact, because of the work that was done at the facil­i­ty by two Amer­i­can astronomers, in 1993 Rus­sell A. Hulse and Joseph H. Tay­lor, Jr., won the Nobel Peace Prize in Physics, giv­ing the dish world recog­ni­tion. The Obser­va­to­ry is also famous from the movie “Con­tact” in which Jodie Fos­ter plays the role of an astronomer search­ing for extra-ter­res­tri­al life.

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