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Message 1901327 - Posted: 16 Nov 2017, 11:27:36 UTC

From a "Nature" article I have learned that the hygienic and medical situation at Puerto Rico is very poor, due to lack of electricity to run refrigerators, freezers and all kind of electromedical equipment. Most biology research projects at the University had to be abandoned.
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Message 1901343 - Posted: 16 Nov 2017, 14:29:05 UTC

Since SETI@home piggybacks on the signal when others are using it the projects doesn't get data all year long.
You can check the Telescope Schedule for The Arecibo Observatory to see what dates it is scheduled for activity.
I believe the project only records data when the observations are compatible.
I would imagine that while Arecibo Observatory is looking for near Earth objects that no SETI@home data can be generated.
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Message 1901417 - Posted: 17 Nov 2017, 0:04:35 UTC

Is now a very good time for s@h data collection at Arecibo whilst the telescope is left in a statically pointed sweep-as-the-earth-rotates?

Or is there no power and support to run the s@h recorder?...


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Message 1901467 - Posted: 17 Nov 2017, 7:53:33 UTC

Here's some great news from Nadia Drake about the Arecibo Observatory's future!

National Geographic article: Iconic Arecibo Observatory Saved From Demolition
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Message 1901748 - Posted: 18 Nov 2017, 21:26:34 UTC - in response to Message 1901467.  

Great news!!
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Message 1901912 - Posted: 19 Nov 2017, 19:28:36 UTC

The Arecibo Observatory will remain open, NSF says

From ScienceNews: https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/science-ticker/arecibo-radio-telescope-nsf?tgt=more
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Message 1901920 - Posted: 19 Nov 2017, 20:13:27 UTC

Just a quick question: Is there a way to donate to Arecibo? Fundraising or so?

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Message 1910424 - Posted: 4 Jan 2018, 0:33:55 UTC

It's been a while, so I thought I'd raise this thread up to the top again. Anyone heard anything new about Arecibo since the last posts were updated above?

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Message 1910455 - Posted: 4 Jan 2018, 4:05:58 UTC
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Arecibo used its radar capabilities using diesel generators to watch asteroid Phaeton3200, as reported in Science (non SETI) section.
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Message 1910734 - Posted: 5 Jan 2018, 2:06:39 UTC - in response to Message 1910455.  
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Informative backgrounder video on this asteroid (and some tidbits about the situation of the Arecibo observatory and... and its cats' colony).
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3200 Phaethon: How the Still-Recovering Arecibo Telescope Saw This Asteroid Coming 12/30/2017
http://www.newsweek.com/3200-phaethon-how-still-recovering-arecibo-telescope-saw-asteroid-coming-765311

Arecibo used its radar capabilities using diesel generators to watch asteroid Phaeton3200, as reported in Science (non SETI) section.
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Message 1910834 - Posted: 5 Jan 2018, 16:39:45 UTC - in response to Message 1910734.  

Thanks for the info, a blurb at the end of the article caught my eye:

Even beyond the hurricane recovery process, the science being done by the Arecibo telescope would be facing a period of some upheaval after the National Science Foundation, which owns and operates the facility, decided to dramatically decrease its funding of the site.

After considering a few potential paths, the NSF in November decided to focus on building partnerships with other groups to fund the site's work, and an announcement about who will be managing the facility beginning next spring is due imminently. "This has been a long wait," Mendez said, but November's decision not to shutter the facility was welcomed by the Arecibo community.

The article pretty much glossed over the repair part of it, which I was hoping might have been fleshed out a little, but maybe it's still too soon to know the intimate details of that one.

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Message 1911909 - Posted: 8 Jan 2018, 23:53:41 UTC

I've read that Elon Musk plans to install a huge Lithium Ion battery in Puerto Rico like the one he has installed in Southern Australia, powered by photovoltaic cells.
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Message 1912381 - Posted: 11 Jan 2018, 18:22:07 UTC
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According to "Nature" magazine Arecibo has found both a new funding source which will take the place of NSF and 16 Fast Radio Bursts in the 121102 source in the Auriga constellation, which has allowed to measure the linear polarization of the radiation emitted, whose angle varies from burst to burst. This makes to think of a source, possibly a neutron star, in a high magnetic field which may come from a black hole. The source should then consist of a binary system made up from a neutron star and a black hole. Kudos to Arecibo!
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La Repubblica paper shows the front cover of "Nature" with images of Arecibo and Daniele Michilli, Amsterdam University, spokesman of this research which used also the Green Bank Telescope.
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Message 1912701 - Posted: 13 Jan 2018, 2:13:54 UTC - in response to Message 1912381.  

Thanks for the heads up! Was there any mention of repairing it to the condition it was before the storm, or even doing some (I can only presume from everything I've heard about it's relative neglect over recent years) much needed repairs or heavens forbid _upgrades_ to it since they are already there working on it? My guess is that would be a bridge too far, but hopefully they would at least get it repaired back to pre-storm condition.

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Message 1912731 - Posted: 13 Jan 2018, 5:23:04 UTC
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The article did not speak about the conditions on Arecibo, it only gave its scientific results. I've noticed that among its authors are also Chinese scientists, besides American and European scientists. The results also are narrated in a Scientific American article, which I could read in the Italian version in "Le Scienze" online magazine. I've read in a New York Times video article that the main problem now in Puerto Rico is the number of attempted suicides of people living without electricity, and a telephone help center is working day and night.
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Message 1912942 - Posted: 14 Jan 2018, 8:07:52 UTC

If I go to "Le Scienze" article on the FRB and click on the "Nature" article link I can read the full Letter article through Springer Nature Sharedit without paying any fee. The Letter is very long and detailed. I know that Le Scienze has an agreement with "Nature".
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Message 1920674 - Posted: 23 Feb 2018, 16:44:00 UTC

Some GOOD NEWS....
Iconic Arecibo radio telescope saved by university consortium
A consortium led by the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando will take over management of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, home to one of the world’s largest radio telescope, the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Alexandria, Virginia, announced today. NSF has been looking for another body to take over the running of the iconic facility ever since a 2006 review suggested the agency ramp down its funding to free up money for newer projects.
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UCF has teamed up with the Metropolitan University in San Juan and Yang Enterprises in Oviedo, Florida, a company that has NASA and U.S. Air Force contracts to operate and maintain facilities. Ray Lugo, head of UCF’s Florida Space Institute, says the consortium hopes to bring in new users to contribute toward costs. He says the U.S. Department of Defense may want to use Arecibo to test sensors, while space mining companies may want to scope out target asteroids. “We want to bring other customers to the table,” he says. The consortium also wants to expand the telescope’s scientific capabilities, in part by upgrading equipment as repairs are carried out in the wake of damage suffered during following Hurricane Maria.

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Message 1921090 - Posted: 25 Feb 2018, 20:20:18 UTC - in response to Message 1920674.  

EXCELLENT news! Thanks for the update.

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Message 1921199 - Posted: 26 Feb 2018, 0:38:30 UTC
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Just did a little more digging, it looks like the disaster relief bill that Puerto Rico got included 16.3 million which was dedicated to repair the Arecibo Observatory. It said that that money was supposed to bring it back up to its pre-hurricane standards, and hopefully with the new partnership, they can leverage that money into making some substantial improvements to the telescope beyond where it is today.

Info on telescope from the management team:

Arecibo Observatory Operations and Maintenance Team

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