Risk of collapse
The large alien hunting radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico is in danger of collapsing after several supporting cables have failed and left long cracks in the structure. National Geographic report.
In August, an auxiliary cable slid out of its socket, leaving a 100-foot gap on the reflector of the 1,000-foot-wide radio telescope dish.
When the scientist tells New York Times The incident at that time was just “another bump on the road”. The second main support cable (connected to the same support tower as the auxiliary cable) failed on November 8, causing greater damage to the reflector.
The cause of the crash is unclear. The Arecibo Observatory was built in the 1
The radio telescope is one of the largest single-dish radio telescopes in the world and is currently in a regrettable state-and in danger of complete collapse.
“For me, it’s about fifty o’clock,” Michael Nolan, the former observatory director of the University of Arizona, told Michael National Geographic. “They are doing what they can do. I am still very worried that they can’t do it.”
Abel Méndez, an astronomer who often uses Arecibo, told the magazine: “When the first cable failed, I was not worried because I was confident that it would take months to fix it.” “Now I am worried.”
Others worry that more cables may fail, triggering a chain reaction.
Nolan told us: “We may soon know if they can put up band-aids to relieve some of the pressure and eliminate the immediate problems so that we can solve the big problems.” National Geographic.
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