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Arecibo telescope collapses, ending 57-year run

Arecibo telescope collapses, ending 57-year run

The Arecibo Observatory is gone. Its 900-ton instrument platform, suspended above a dish in the karst hills of Puerto Rico, collapsed this morning, at about 8 a.m. local time, says Ramon Lugo, director of the Florida Space Institute at the University of Central Florida, which manages the 57-year-old radio telescope for the National Science Foundation (NSF).

ARECIBO OBSERVATORY TO CHANGE HANDS

ARECIBO OBSERVATORY TO CHANGE HANDS

The NSF has announced that the giant radio telescope/dish will continue to do critical research, and has changed management hands to the University of Central Florida (UCF). The National Science Foundation announced Thursday that the University of Central Florida will...

Casa Amadeo, antigua Casa Hernández

Casa Amadeo, antigua Casa Hernández

from NPS.gov The music store now known as Casa Amadeo opened as Casa Hernández in the Bronx, New York, just prior to the large post-World War II Puerto Rican migration to New York City. When the United States directed all its investment in Puerto Rico's sugar sector,...

The History of Puerto Rico and Taino Indians

The History of Puerto Rico and Taino Indians

  The Taino Indians who were originally from South America were the first to inhabit Puerto Rico sometime in the 1400's. In 1493 Columbus arrived in his second voyage to the new world. Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon founded the village of Caparra (that is...

Arecibo Telescope in Trouble

Arecibo Telescope in Trouble

The U.S. National Science Foundation is accepting proposals from anyone who wants to take over operations. By Associated Press and Danica Coto Jan 25, 2017  The future of one of the world's largest single-dish radio telescopes is in question after the U.S....

Strange Facts About Puerto Rico

Strange Facts About Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a great place to visit; it is full of history and sunshine and while there are those that come on vacation here every year learning more about the place, they never hear about the rather fun and quirky facts of Puerto Rico. Did you know that Puerto Rico...

Bahia Mosquito

Bahia Mosquito

Also known as Bioluminescent Bay, Bahia Mosquito is filled with a species of phosphorescent dynoflagellate, making the waters glow — it's a magnificent sight, particularly in the dark. The microorganisms are harmless. Avoid any cruise offers that use motor boats,...

El Cañuelo

El Cañuelo

Forti­n San Juan de la Cruz (Fort Saint John of the Cross), better known as el Cañuelo, is located on Isla de Cabras, Puerto Rico. This fort was originally built in wood in 1500. Its location at the entrance of the San Juan bay, and in front of the Fort San Felipe del...

Tibes Indian Ceremonial Park

Tibes Indian Ceremonial Park

787-840-2255 /787-840-5685  The Indian Ceremonial Center of Tibes, located in the city of Ponce was discovered in 1975.  The first inhabitants of the area were presumably the Igneris Indians who came from South America. They must have settled here at about the...

El Yungue

El Yungue

EL Yunque is the only Tropical Rainforest in the United States.  It's named after the "Good" Taino spirit Yukiyi. It is divided into four sections: Tabonuco forest, Palo Colorado forest, Palma Sierra forest, and Bosque en las nubes (Forest in the clouds). The entire...

Veteran tells tales of survival, death during World War II

Veteran tells tales of survival, death during World War II

Written by Denise Goolsby | The Desert Sun In 1936, at the age of 9, Lita Bowman and her family sailed from her birth home of San Juan, Puerto Rico to the United States, where they settled in New York City. Bowman was working as an interpreter/translator at the...

Puerto Rico Touts New Plans For Giant Telescope

Puerto Rico Touts New Plans For Giant Telescope

  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico plans to build a hotel and a planetarium as part of a $50 million project to attract more visitors to the world's largest single-dish radio telescope, officials said Tuesday. It is the first major announcement from the new...

Revolt in Puerto Rico For Independence

Revolt in Puerto Rico For Independence

October 30 is the sixtieth anniversary of the 1950 Independence Revolt in Puerto Rico by the island’s Nationalist Party. It marked the most significant attempt at armed revolution in Puerto Rico since the late nineteenth century. Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez,...

Ponce de Leon returns home to find war

Ponce de Leon returns home to find war

    Written by   Sam Turner St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum OCTOBER 13, 1513 — O Antón de Alaminos and the caravel San Cristóbal, tasked with continuing the search for the island of Bimini, had parted company with Juan Ponce de León and the remaining...

Patron Saint of San Cristóbal

Patron Saint of San Cristóbal

By Murat Tanyel | TrekEarth Today, we are staying at San Cristóbal. Taking a few steps forward in yesterday's photo and turning left would bring us to this courtyard where an open air chapel dedicated to Santa Bárbara, the patron saint of San Cristóbal, is located....

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