Arecibo Observatory Back in Action Following Earthquake Damage

by Nancy Atkinson March 14, 2014

Damage to the iconic Arecibo Observatory from an earthquake earlier this year has been repaired and the telescope is now back to full service. On January 13, 2014, the William E. Gordon radio telescope sustained damage following a 6.4 magnitude earthquake that was centered 37 miles northwest of Arecibo. A large cable that supports the […]

3 comments Read the full article →

Astronomy Cast Episode 317: Observatories

by Fraser Cain October 16, 2013

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to visit one of the big research observatories, like Keck, Gemini, or the European Southern Observatory? What’s it like to use gear that powerful? What’s the facility like? What precautions do you need to take when observing at such a high altitude? Visit the Astronomy Cast Page to […]

Read the full article →

Podcast: The Arecibo Observatory

by Astronomy Cast May 11, 2013

The mighty Arecibo Radio Observatory is one of the most powerful radio telescopes ever built – it’s certainly the larger single aperture radio telescope on Earth, nestled into a natural sinkhole in Puerto Rico. We’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the construction of the observatory with a special episode of Astronomy Cast. Click here to […]

2 comments Read the full article →

Cosmic Ink-blot Test: Can You See the Gecko in Space?

by Nancy Atkinson February 13, 2013

A small, isolated dark nebula known as a Bok globule was described as “a drop of ink on the luminous sky” by its discoverer, astronomer Edward Emerson Barnard. Through a small telescope, the object seen here, Barnard 86, does appear as though someone may have dropped a blob of dark ink on the telescope lens. […]

1 comment Read the full article →

A Cosmic Rose for Your Spacey Valentine

by Nancy Atkinson February 12, 2013

We space-nerds like to express our amorous feelings, just like the rest of the population (although admittedly some of need more help/prodding in this area than others). And so just in time for Valentine’s Day comes this new image of a planetary nebula, which looks like a rose — or even a tulip – to […]

3 comments Read the full article →