Arecibo Observatory

Arecibo, Puerto Rico

The Arecibo Observatory is a radio telescope in the municipality of Arecibo. Built between 1960 and 1963, is an astronomy and ionosphere research center. This observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by the University of Central Florida. Is a great place to visit if you are interested in astronomy and the atmosphere. Its’ main purpose is to explore, study and investigate our atmosphere and space to detect signals from the universe.

After an auxiliary and main cable failure on the telescope in August and November 2020, respectively, the NSF announced the decision that they would decommission the telescope through controlled demolition, but that the other facilities on the Observatory would remain operational in the future. The observatory also includes a radio telescope, a LIDAR facility, and a visitor center, all which remain operational after the damage from the main telescope collapse is assessed.

The fantastic Science and Visitor Center has 3,500 square feet of exhibits. Different tours are available, a self-guided tour and a VIP tour. Please contact the Observatory for hours and admission fees. Tours subject to availability. In addition, knowledgeable tour guides will provide information regarding its history and its many contributions to scientific discoveries.

Address:  Route 625 Bo. Esperanza, Arecibo, PR 00612
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