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Arecibo Observatory Scientists Help Unravel Surprise Asteroid Mystery 

A team from the observatory publish their findings ahead of Asteroid Day, a U.N. designation aimed at increasing awareness about the threats some asteroids pose. By Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala | June 23, 2022 When asteroid 2019 OK suddenly appeared barreling toward Earth on July 25, 2019, Luisa Fernanda Zambrano-Marin and the team at the Arecibo Observatory in …

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Orlando-area Schoolchildren Send Nearly 100 Letters of Support to Arecibo Observatory

The letters are the latest outpouring of support for the Arecibo Observatory and its telescope, which collapsed in December 2020. BY ROBERT WELLS | MARCH 22, 2021 “Pull yourself up with happyiness (sic). We are with you Arecibo, Come back strong. I’m so sorry it broke. Because it was beautiful.” These are the words of Orlando-area schoolchildren …

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Arecibo Observatory Helps Researchers Find Possible ‘First Hints’ of Low-Frequency Gravitational Waves

Although the researchers used Arecibo Observatory data, they are no longer able to make observations using the observatory since it collapsed in December following broken cables in August and November. BY ROBERT WELLS | JANUARY 11, 2021 Data from Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico has been used to help detect the first possible hints of low-frequency disturbances …

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Arecibo Observatory Returns from Tropical Storm Isaias Lockdown to Track Asteroid for NASA

The National Science Foundation facility, managed by the University of Central Florida, determines that a newly discovered asteroid won’t threaten Earth. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA | AUGUST 6, 2020 The Earth has one less asteroid to worry about thanks to the research of an international team of scientists at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. Asteroid 2020 …

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Arecibo Observatory to Offer New Opportunities for Visiting Scientists

$1.5 million grant to help launch new programs, including guaranteed telescope time for selected participants. BY ZENAIDA KOTALA | NOVEMBER 14, 2019 The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico will launch a new series of programs to host junior and senior scientists at the observatory to boost the transfer of science knowledge and train the next generations of …

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UCF Marks 1st Year at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico

Facility’s staff has helped international scientists do their work in planetary science, space and atmospheric science, and radio astronomy. BY ZENAIDA KOTALA | APRIL 5, 2019 UCF celebrates its first anniversary this month of operating the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The observatory is the first national research center that UCF has led. It is home to …

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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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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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