Jessica Woodward

Scientists Gather to Discuss Future Objectives of Arecibo Observatory

Chair of UCF’s physics department part of discussion about how to best harness the power of the observatory for future space-related research. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA The Arecibo Observatory and its researchers hosted scientists from around the world this week to discuss the future of research at the Puerto Rican facility under UCF management. Planetary …

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“Pluto – Never Forget”: FSI-led work tops UCF research findings of 2018

Pluto was demoted from a planet in 2006 according to the definition of a planet set by the International Astronomical Union, after discussion and voting from astronomers and planetary scientists from all over the world. However, the controversy of this move is far from over. FSI’s Philip Metzger is challenging the reclassification, with a literature …

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UCF Celebrates Arecibo Observatory’s 55th Anniversary

The Arecibo Observatory officially opened on November 1, 1963 in Puerto Rico. Next week, on-site and off-site activities are planned to celebrate Arecibo Observatory’s 55thanniversary and the important scientific contributions it has been involved in. On October 29th, UCF will host Dr. Kristen Jones, a post-doctoral researcher from the Arecibo Observatory to discuss her path …

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Arecibo Observatory proves that Einstein was right (again)

Data collected from the William E. Gordon Telescope at the Arecibo Observatory helped researchers confirm the strong equivalence principle of general relativity for heavy objects. An essential concept in Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, the equivalence principle, proposed that all objects accelerate identically in an external gravitational field. Prior to the results by Archibald, et al. published in Nature, …

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Arecibo Observatory observations of a massive and fast-spinning pulsing star

Imagine being able to see a flea on the surface of Pluto. That’s a good way to describe what the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico helped a group of Canadian researchers do. The team, led by Robert Main of the University of Toronto, was able to observe unprecedented details of a pulsar 6,500 light years from Earth. Astronomers study …

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