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Vol. 4 2019


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Upcoming Events
  Open House @ AAS,      Hawaii
Join us for the Arecibo Observatory Open House at the upcoming 235th Americal Astronomical Society Meeting in Honolulu, Hawai’i on Tuesday, January 7th from 1:30 - 3:30 in Room 307B! + Read More
 Colloquium Series

The AO Colloquium Series resumes January 21 with “UNSOLVED PROBLEMS IN PLASMASPHERIC PHYSICS” by Dr. Michael Denton.
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  Master Class  Workshops

Two James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Master Class Workshops will be hosted by the Arecibo Observatory & UCF early next year. They can be virtually attended. Registration is open! Stay tuned for more details
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Science News

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AO Observations of a Binary Pulsar Test the Theory of General Relativity in New Science Publication

Two tests of general relativity were achieved using observations of a binary pulsar from the Arecibo Observatory spanning 2012 - 2018 and archival data recorded between 2005 - 2009 at AO and the Nançay radio telescope, the September publication in Science revealed. 

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#TeamRadar Breaks Record with 100+ Successful near-Earth Asteroid Radar Observations in 2019 from the Arecibo Observatory

The Arecibo Observatory’s powerful radar system has successfully observed over 100 near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) in 2019, breaking the previous record of 95 asteroids set by AO in 2015. You can keep track of recently observed NEAs on the Planetary Radar page.

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AO-Culebra Facility

Culebra Aerosol Research Lidar (CARLA) Project Selected for Funding

CARLA, lead by AO scientist Dr. Jens Lautenbach and Dr. Pedrina Terra dos Santos, was recently awarded funding by the Puerto Rico Science Technology & Research Trust. CARLA will deliver information about aerosol properties over time and altitude in order to study the dynamics of aerosol layers, including the Saharan Air Layer which influences cloud and hurricane formation and the air quality. 

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The International Pulsar Timing Array: Second data release

Arecibo Observatory scientist Dr. Ben Perera lead a recent publication detailing the second data release of the International Pulsar Timing Array in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The work analyzed 65 millisecond pulsars, reported improvements to their timing precision, and created the most up-to-date public data release that facilitates searches for low-frequency gravitational waves and other pulsar science.

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Modeling Radar Albedos of Laboratory-Characterized Particles: Application to the Lunar Surface

In a recent publication in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, AO planetary lead Dr. Anne Virkki and Dr. Sriram S. Bhiravarasu of the Lunar and Planetary Institute analyzed lunar images obtained by the Mini-RF instrument on-board the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) to better understand anomalous radar scattering observed in some lunar craters. After comparing the images with numerical simulations of radar scattering properties, the work showed that particle shapes affect the radar albedo more than the composition and size distribution.

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The AO Colloquium Series
In order to unify both the scientific community and the general public, the Arecibo Observatory (AO) has developed a new platform that opens a space of conversation for experts in their fields while also further exposing their research to a broader audience.

The series kicked off on October 2nd 2019 with a talk from Prof. Avinash Deshpande from the Raman Research Institute in Bangalor, India, titled “Fascinating Life Stories of Cosmic Light Houses”.On Oct. 15th we hosted Dr. Scott England from Virginia Tech for his talk “Exploring the Boundary between Earth and Space with ICON” just one week after the satellite was successfully launched. Read more about the AO Colloquium Series. + Read More

Fascinating Life-Stories Of Cosmic Light-Houses
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Exploring the Boundary between Earth and Space with ICON
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Dr. Martha P. Haynes, recipient of 2019 Bruce Gold Medal

Dr. Martha P. Haynes, Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University, has been awarded the 2019 Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal in recognition of her role as an international leader and pioneer of radio studies of galaxies.
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In Memoriam:
Prof. Yervant Terzian
It is with sadness that we share the news of the passing of Prof. Yervant Terzian on Monday November 25th at his home in Ithaca, NY, after a long and difficult illness. Here we share some words and sentiments contributed by Dr. Murray Lewis and Dr. Don Cambell in his honor. + Read More

Recent News


UCF to Enhance Arecibo Observatory’s Computing Power Using Microsoft Azure

By  Zenaida Kotala 

The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico soon will get a major computing power upgrade as the University of Central Florida expands its relationship with Microsoft.

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Planetary Radar Team

Arecibo Observatory Gets $19 Million NASA Grant to Help Protect Earth from Asteroids

NASA awarded the University of Central Florida (which manages the site on behalf of National Science Foundation) the four-year grant to observe and characterize near-Earth objects (NEO) that pose a potential hazard to Earth or that could be candidates for future space missions.

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Arecibo Observatory - Radio Telescope

National Science Foundation Awards Arecibo Observatory $12.3 Million Grant

The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico today was awarded $12.3 million by the National Science Foundation to make repairs and improve resiliency. + Read More

Arecibo Observatory Funding, Awards, and Partnerships
Puerto Rico Aerospace Cluster  

The Puerto Rico Aerospace Technology Consortium (PRATC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of the Aerospace industry in the island. They strive to provide an environment that fosters collaboration between Industry, Academia and Government on all topics related to this industry. The PRATC mission is to integrate aerospace manufacturers, providers and related institutions to develop strategies and foster synergies that will enhance the business environment in the areas where cluster members conduct their operations.

Puerto Rico is positioned as a major player in the aerospace industry with companies dedicated to engineering and services such as Lufthansa Technik, Infotech Aerospace Services, Honeywell Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Florida Turbine Technologies, Essig and others.

The AO had the privilege to host one of the PRATC meetings at its site providing a comfortable space for discussion of the future of aerospace innovation in the island. Members of the PRATC got to know the facility and in this occasion Francisco Córdova, director of the AO, talked to them about AO, its capabilities, future and potential collaborations with the aerospace industry in Puerto Rico.

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As part of our mission of contributing actively in Puerto Rico’s education, the STEM Teaching at Arecibo for Students (STAR) Academy trains 30 high school students through an intensive, research-based academy. The program promotes an environment of critical thinking and problem solving, and aims to develop strong foundations in science, physics, mathematics, engineering, and computer programming - requisite skills for becoming a successful scientist. + Learn More

AO Comic:

"Data Dreams"

With the purpose of motivating young people to become interested in space science, the Arecibo Observatory introduced their mascot, Greg, at the Puerto Rico Comic Con. The Observatory also unveiled its new comic book series, of which Greg is the main character. "This is a work of love," said William Gonzalez Sierra, a graphic artist at the Observatory that brought Greg to life. "I am excited to have the opportunity to take readers on adventures that share the history of our Observatory through Greg, who makes science a fun and engaging theme."
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Hispanic Heritage Month: ¡WEPA!

Here at Arecibo, we are very proud of our Hispanic colleagues. In order to highlight the work, passion and heritage of our amazing hispanic staff we decided to celebrate the contributions that make a significant difference in the Arecibo Observatory. The AO communications department developed a series of videos and social media posts in honor of all the Hispanics that have made the AO an amazing place.
We celebrated with videos featuring Felix Fernández and Ramón Román as they showcase and talk about the experience working in their respective fields at the AO.


Open Positions
Apply Now

Think BIG and join the excitement at the Arecibo Observatory, where you can find the world's most powerful single-dish radio telescope located in Arecibo, Puerto Rico!
  • Senior Observatory Scientist (Space and Atmospheric Science Team Lead)
  • Observatory Scientist (Space and Atmospheric Science)
  • Arecibo Software Engineer I
  • Arecibo Project Scheduler
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