Recent News

What's happening at the AO?

Today, the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico hosted a celebration for Asteroid Day 2019, but one space rock made a surprise early appearance. On June 22, at around 5:25 pm local time, an explosion was detected in the atmosphere over the Caribbean just 230 miles (380 km) south of Puerto Rico. Read More

Eng. Angel Vazquez

Our Telescope Operations Manager was recently awarded with the Yasme Excellence Award. This award is made by the Yasme Foundation - Non Profit corporation organized to support scientific and educational projects related to amateur radio - in recognition of technical. operating, and organization achievements in and contributions to amateur radio. Particularly, the Yasme foundation was interested in recognizing the work that Mr. Vazquez did after Hurricane Maria in providing disaster recovery communications to the citizens of Puerto Rico, as well as, working with federal agencies to facilitate relief operations. Read More

We are pleased to announce that this year the Arecibo and Green Bank Observatories are organizing the 2019 GBO/AO single dish and observer training workshop which will be held August 19-29th at the Green Bank Observatory, WV. The goal of the workshop is to provide participants with an in-depth knowledge on the fundamentals of single-dish radio astronomy, interferometry, instrumentation and associated techniques.

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Dr. Alex Wolszczan

Dr. Alex Wolszczan, who is a professor at Penn State and a long-term user, visited the Arecibo Observatory during the week of March 4th, 2019 as part of an observing campaign to search for radio emission from cool brown dwarfs.

During this visit, Alex spoke about the possibility of detecting such planets via flaring radio emission and about detecting planets around pulsars through precision timing. He also talked about Jupiter-Io like emission from compact planetary systems, and plans to search for such flaring events from low-mass stars, brown dwarfs, and white dwarfs. Read More