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Atmospheric Science is the investigation of the earth's gaseous envelope. Experiments performed at Arecibo measure upper atmosphere composition, temperature and densities in order to understand the controlling physical processes. The Arecibo Radio Telescope can measure the growth and decay of disturbances in the changing layers of charged particles which populate the region known as the ionosphere ( altitudes above 30 miles ). The "big dish" is also used to study plasma physics processes in the electrically charged regions of the earth's atmosphere. where radio waves are influenced most.
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The CEDAR 2021 workshop took place virtually between 20 June and 25 June 2021. It consisted of plenary talks in the mornings followed by multiple parallel sessions. The participation of the Space and Atmospheric Science (SAS) scientists of Arecibo Observatory (AO) in CEDAR 2021 workshop was extensive and well-received. AO scientists were first authors for five presentations and served as co-authors for additional presentations. AO senior scientist Shikha Raizada was invited to deliver two presentations while AO scientists Christiano Brum, Selvaraj Dharmalingam and Sukanta Sau contributed one presentation each. + Read More
STAR Academy has continued stronger than ever, exposing the students to research and participating in seminars offered by experts from different STEM areas. The 30 high school students that were selected for the spring 2021 session have already started to develop their research projects and are being trained in radio-astronomy, planetary radar, space and atmospheric sciences, programming and engineering. Four students and a mentor from the Academy presented their research projects in the 52th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. + Read More
The highly anticipated arrival of the Culebra Aerosol Research Lidar (CARLA) instrument container to the Arecibo Observatory occurred on February 5th, 2021. This marks the beginning of the installation of the new CARLA instrument that had been funded through a grant from the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust in 2020. + Read More
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