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Puerto Rico touts new plans for giant telescope

Puerto Rico plans to build a planetarium and a hotel as part of a $50 million project to attract more visitors to the world's largest single-dish radio telescope.
Officials at Puerto Rico's Metropolitan University say the planetarium will be built within two years and the hotel within five years.

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Since its completion in 1963, the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, with a diameter of 305 m and a collecting area of 73,000 square meters, has been the largest single-aperture radio telescope ever constructed. But Arecibo is set to lose its title with construction now underway in Guizhou Province in southern China of the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST).
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After nearly half a century, Cornell University loses stewardship of the renowned Arecibo radio telescope.

As Earth's biggest 'ear' on the Universe, the giant 305-metre radio dish at Arecibo, Puerto Rico, has played a part in groundbreaking discoveries, searches for alien civilizations and the occasional Holly­wood movie. Now a different sort of drama is shaking up the facility, with the news that Cornell University, which has managed Arecibo since the observatory was switched on 1963, has lost its bid to continue to do so.
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UMET to take role in running Arecibo Observatory as facility changes hands

A consortium including Metropolitan University (UMET) is taking over the reins of the Arecibo Observatory, the worlds largest radio telescope.
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Arecibo set for shake-up - May 19, 2011

Cornell University has lost its long-term contract to run the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, the world's biggest radio dish, Nature has confirmed. A decision this week by the US National Science Foundation means management of the National Atmospheric and Ionospheric Centre (NAIC) that includes the AO will move from Cornell to a consortium including SRI International, Universities Space Research Association (USRA), the University of Puerto Rico, and other institutions, says Don Kniffen, vice-president for science at USRA.
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New Y. antennas allow deeper looks into space

A team of BYU researchers is offering broader glimpses into deep space through their new radio antenna system, recently installed at the world's largest radio telescope, in Puerto Rico.
While optical telescopes gather light, radio telescopes gather microwave radio signals and frequencies from deep space - like the 1.4 gigahertz signals sent by invisible hydrogen. As those signals come to earth, they are focused into a single point by a giant satellite dish and directed up into the awaiting antenna. But this time, instead of one single, high-powered antenna, BYU has created 19 smaller antennas that produce a wider picture of space without losing any resolution..
According to the Standard Model of particle physics, neutrinos should be massless - just like the photons that make up light - but in reality they do have a very small mass. What the Standard Model failed to take into account is the fact that neutrinos undergo something known as oscillations, or mixing.

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New Antenna on World's Largest Radio Telescope

A team of BYU  engineers built a super-sensitive antenna for processing signals from deep space. Then they flew to Puerto Rico and installed it at about the same spot where Pierce Brosnan and Sean Bean battled it out during the climax of the James Bond film GoldenEye.
That spot is a platform suspended on cables 500 feet above the world's largest radio telescope, located at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, which is 1,000 feet in diameter. Despite its size, the observatory is limited in how quickly it can scan deep space.

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BYU team installs new antenna on world's largest radio telescope

A team of BYU engineers built a super-sensitive antenna for processing signals from deep space. Then they flew to Puerto Rico and installed it at about the same spot where Pierce Brosnan and Sean Bean battled it out during the climax of the James Bond film GoldenEye.
That spot is a platform suspended on cables 500 feet above the worlds largest radio telescope, located at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, which is 1,000 feet in diameter. Despite its size, the observatory is limited in how quickly it can scan deep space.

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Plans to more precisely plot the orbit of an asteroid with a small chance of hitting Earth in 2036 may be badly hit by funding cuts to a US radar facility.
Radar measurements set to be made in January 2013 by the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, US, could help rule out an impact by asteroid Apophis.

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