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National Astronomy & Ionosphere Center

National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center

Arecibo, PR 00612

Ave José De Diego

The center (also known as the Arecibo Observatory) is the site of the world's largest and most powerful radar and radio astronomy telescope. The Arecibo telescope was completed in 1963 at a cost of about $9 million. It is capable of examining phenomena that occur as close as two miles above us, in the Earth's atmosphere, and of probing objects 10 billion light-years away, at the very edge of the discernible universe. The Arecibo telescope remains unmatched in its sensitivity and versatility for radio studies of the atmosphere, the solar system, and the universe, making the center worthy of its listing in the National Register of Historic Places. It was also a prominent film location in the James Bond movie “GoldenEye.”

Photo: National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center
– Courtesy Puerto Rico State Historic Preservation Office

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