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  • 29 December, 2020

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ARECIBO TELESCOPE

ARECIBO TELESCOPE:

  • Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Telescope was built in 1963.
  • It is the second-largest single-dish radio telescope in the world. It was in news recently because of its collapse.
  • It is owned by the US National Science Foundation.
  • It is known for its finding that Mercury rotates in 59 days and not 88 days (original calculation).

About Arecibo Telescope

  • The Arecibo Telescope has one of the most powerful radar employed to observe asteroids, planets, ionosphere.
  • The telescope has discovered the first exoplanets, prebiotic molecules in distant galaxies and first millisecond Pulsar.
  • The Telescope had served as a hub in the search of extra-terrestrial life and has picked up several radio signals from alien civilisations.
  • It has played a major role in tracking killer asteroids heading towards the earth.
  • In 1993, the scientists Joseph Taylor and Russell Hulse were awarded the Nobel Prize in physics.
  • With the help of the observatory they monitored a binary Pulsar. It was the first evidence for the existence of gravitational waves.

Source: TH


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