World’s Largest Radio Telescope May Close

Arecibo ObservatoryThe funding for the world’s largest radio telescope called the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico is at risk. The telescope is so large that it is literally formed by the shape of the hills – it is 305 meters across. It looks like a giant satellite TV dish, not like an optical telescope, and was built in 1963. The unique dish has appeared in several movies including James Bond’s “Golden Eye“, and the Carl Sagan movie “Contact” with Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey. More importantly, the telescope has been in use since the 1960s and made many astronomical discoveries. A bill has recently been introduced in Congress to try and save the funding for this wonderful instrument. Read more at Wikipedia.
You can see the Arecibo Observatory in Google Earth’s satellite imagery. Not only that, but someone named ‘GregTSL’ at the Google Earth Community posted a nice 3D model of the Arecibo Observatory . He had to create a slightly elevated version of the 3D terrain because the underlying terrain in Google Earth is low resolution and the model would not fit there properly. You can also turn on the Geographic Web layer in Google Earth to get placemarks to photos of the observatory.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

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