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Message 1888634 - Posted: 8 Sep 2017, 15:40:40 UTC
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I know that it is still early on in this rolling disaster named Irma, but has anyone heard about if there had been any damage to Arecibo from the storm. From the little news I had heard, it sounded like Puerto Rico avoided a direct hit but still sustained somewhat significant infrastructure damage.

I believe our new data from there has been slowing down significantly recently, do we even still pull data out of there any longer? If so, anyone heard if the storm had any serious negative consequences to the telescope? I know compared to all the human effects of the storm, this is a minor question/issue, but thought I would toss it out there for discussions sake.

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Message 1888661 - Posted: 8 Sep 2017, 17:31:50 UTC - in response to Message 1888634.  
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Message 1888717 - Posted: 8 Sep 2017, 23:33:59 UTC

I heard they are phasing Arecibo out in favor for the new world's largest Chinese radio telescope.
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Message 1888783 - Posted: 9 Sep 2017, 7:16:59 UTC

Unlikely for a few years as the Chinese are still commissioning that massive dish. The current plans are for the Allen & the GBT to come fully on stream in the next few months.
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Message 1889310 - Posted: 11 Sep 2017, 20:20:01 UTC

I made a mention of it in a this post but the topic moved on and no one commented about the possibility of us receiving any data from it. My guess would be no, but who knows?

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Message 1890532 - Posted: 18 Sep 2017, 11:09:36 UTC

Looks like the next hurricane, Maria, is going to go straight over, or close by over the dish @ Arecibo.

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Message 1891021 - Posted: 20 Sep 2017, 20:59:54 UTC - in response to Message 1890532.  

I checked in with both links above and when clicking on an empty spot at, there is a typo error in that page which should not be there.

Repeating it a short while later, it became a little hard to get back at, but should be the vertical bar with the filled circle at the bottom, which I first thought was a zoom-in function,
but rather could be pulled with the mouse and next moved around.

Here the typo was apparently in the native translation of the page and two letters of a four letter word had been inverted.

Needs a fix here in my opinion, because here it updated a bit quicker than with when moving around.
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Message 1891205 - Posted: 21 Sep 2017, 19:39:05 UTC

Please follow Updates in News forum:
SETI@home: Arecibo Status
Eric Korpela wrote:
I've been asked by several people to post a status update on the situation at Arecibo following hurricane Maria's passage.

Unfortunately, at this point we haven't gotten any news. The last information we have is from a couple hours prior to when the eye passed Arecibo. That report said all the employees were accounted for and in sheltered buildings.

Since then we've had no news. That's understandable. With power out on the whole island, electronics communications aren't going to be possible for some time. Heavy rains are still expected today, so I'm sure that the primary concern is still keeping everyone safe. Assessment of any damage will take time.

Let's hope that everyone is safe, that their homes are intact, and that any damage can be repaired quickly.

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