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Arecibo Observatory is shutting down - one discovery that led to a Nobel Prize

The Arecibo Observatory is one of the biggest in the world, responsible for some of the most crucial discoveries about outer space — including one that led to a pair of scientists winning the coveted Nobel Prize in Physics.

However, the legendary telescope will now be shut down and taken apart due to recent infrastructure issues.

The downfall of one of the biggest telescopes in the world

The astronomical observatory was the largest single-unit radio telescope in the world until China’s Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) began operations in 2016.

Built in the early 1960s, the telescope had been operational for over 57 years when it sustained two cable failures. It has rendered its massive 305-meter wide radio dish unstable. The separation of the cables has also damaged the radio dish’s metal panels.

The gaping holes left behind are so big that they can be spotted from outer space.

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