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The end of Arecibo: The era of giant telescopes is coming to a close – Digital Trends

One of astronomy’s most famous telescopes, the Arecibo Observatory, is shutting down. And its closure may mark the beginning of the end for giant telescopes.



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Arecibo Observatory’s 305-meter telescope in November of 2020.University of Central Florida/Arecibo Observatory
It’s the end of an era for one of astronomy’s most famous telescopes. After a series of accidents at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, its giant telescope, once the largest radio telescope in the world, is being decommissioned.
Its closure marks not just the end of the story for this landmark, but perhaps the beginning of the end for giant telescopes as the cutting edge of astronomical…

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