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Message 2062762 - Posted: 2 Dec 2020, 18:59:36 UTC
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We got two pieces of really bad news yesterday. Byron Leigh Hatch, founder of the Carl Sagan team, all around smart and thoughtful guy, and a setizen since shortly after SETI@home began in 1999, passed away in August. There is a thread for leaving remembrances here. He will be missed.

And, of course, we were informed of the collapse of the elevated structure at Arecibo. It was clear after the second cable broke, the structure would come down soon. As much as we were unhappy that the repair efforts had to be abandoned because of the danger, it's clear now that it was the right call. It's our hope that we will find national support for building new scientific facilities on Puerto Rico in the near future.
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Message 2062766 - Posted: 2 Dec 2020, 20:02:11 UTC - in response to Message 2062762.  
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We got two pieces of really bad news yesterday. Byron Leigh Hatch, founder of the Carl Sagan team, all around smart and thoughtful guy, and a setizen since shortly after SETI@home began in 1999, passed away in August. There is a thread for leaving remembrances here. He will be missed.

And, of course, we were informed of the collapse of the elevated structure at Arecibo. It was clear after the second cable broke, the the structure would come down soon. As much as we were unhappy that the repair efforts had to be abandoned because of the danger, it's clear now that it was the right call. It's our hope that we will find national support for building new scientific facilities on Puerto Rico in the near future.


My condolences to Byron's family and friends. :(

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Message 2062797 - Posted: 3 Dec 2020, 1:36:02 UTC - in response to Message 2062762.  

Double sad news... 2020 really is proving itself to be a really bad year for many people and many other "stalwarts" that we have come to depend on.

Condolences to the Hatch family...and perhaps a nice, rich entrepreneur might help fund a spanking new telescope at Puerto Rico, once the site has been cleared and made safe.
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Message 2062808 - Posted: 3 Dec 2020, 7:49:59 UTC
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Reads "the the" in the second paragraph on the front page.
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Message 2062809 - Posted: 3 Dec 2020, 8:14:28 UTC

Condolences to the family.

I have dream : an Arecibo NG ( next generation) soon ?
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Message 2062844 - Posted: 3 Dec 2020, 18:32:39 UTC

Sad news. RIP!

Here is the latest video about the collapse:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3AASKr_iHc

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Message 2062859 - Posted: 3 Dec 2020, 20:24:25 UTC - in response to Message 2062808.  

Reads "the the" in the second paragraph on the front page.


Good eye... I have passed this on to Dr. Korpela and thanks.
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Message 2062863 - Posted: 3 Dec 2020, 20:42:39 UTC - in response to Message 2062844.  

Sad news. RIP!

Here is the latest video about the collapse:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3AASKr_iHc

Thanks for that.

That is literally as the cables broke!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3AASKr_iHc


All a very sad end and a big loss of some unique one-of-a-kind capabilities.

We really do need to realign the politics of funding Science...


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Message 2062901 - Posted: 4 Dec 2020, 6:46:21 UTC - in response to Message 2062809.  

Condolences to the family.

I have dream : an Arecibo NG ( next generation) soon ?


fast radio telescope = the new arecibo
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Message 2062910 - Posted: 4 Dec 2020, 10:06:47 UTC

In the last weeks before SETI "hibernation" I used to see on my screensaver the tag Breakthrough Listen and I knew data were coming from Green Bank, which has not collapsed like a previous antenna. What is Breakthrough Listen doing now? Arecibo was not in its program. And what is ATA doing?
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Message 2062921 - Posted: 4 Dec 2020, 13:09:19 UTC - in response to Message 2062762.  

Byron Leigh Hatch fue alguien muy interesante. Radiotelescopio de Arecibo a hecho un gran trabajo asta ahora, creo que hubiera merecido la pena invertir más dinero para que el telescopio continuara trabajando, era bueno en su trabajo & podría continuar siéndolo, una pena
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Message 2062940 - Posted: 4 Dec 2020, 15:52:34 UTC - in response to Message 2062910.  
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In the last weeks before SETI "hibernation" I used to see on my screensaver the tag Breakthrough Listen and I knew data were coming from Green Bank, which has not collapsed like a previous antenna. What is Breakthrough Listen doing now? Arecibo was not in its program. And what is ATA doing?
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Breakthrough Listen is still doing SETI monitoring at Green Bank Observatory. The current schedule reports that they will be active today from 19:30 to 00:00 Eastern Standard Time, and from 00:00 to 7:30, tomorrow. Please find a link to the GB schedule, below:

https://dss.gb.nrao.edu/schedule/public
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Message 2062941 - Posted: 4 Dec 2020, 16:03:17 UTC - in response to Message 2062940.  
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In the last weeks before SETI "hibernation" I used to see on my screensaver the tag Breakthrough Listen and I knew data were coming from Green Bank, which has not collapsed like a previous antenna. What is Breakthrough Listen doing now? Arecibo was not in its program. And what is ATA doing?
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Breakthrough Listen is still doing SETI monitoring at Green Bank Observatory. The current schedule reports that they will be active today from 19:30 to 00:00 Eastern Standard Time, and from 00:00 to 7:30, tomorrow. Please find a link to the GB schedule, below:

https://dss.gb.nrao.edu/schedule/public

Thanks. I see that they are also searching for low frequency gravitational waves, using pulsars as timing clocks.
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Message 2062992 - Posted: 5 Dec 2020, 6:01:16 UTC - in response to Message 2062762.  

Pretty sad news, and that YouTube video reminds me of the ending of a James Bond movie. Guess the Amazon CEO (what's her name again) and that Tesla CEO (what's her name again) should be able to fund a nice big antenna and place it on the Dark side of the Moon. They seem kind of bored anyway, and should have some nice new project to play with. Guess they don't have the skills or guts to pull this off.
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Message 2063016 - Posted: 5 Dec 2020, 19:16:44 UTC

Jeff Bezos (Amazon) is the richest man on the Earth and Elon Musk is the second. Bezos is not interested in space, while Musk wants to send people to Mars. He is not interested in the Moon.
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Message 2063060 - Posted: 6 Dec 2020, 14:33:27 UTC

My condolances to Mr Hatch and the Arecibo Observatory "families" of their passing on this unforgettable year of 2020. However, I would like to be optimistic of the future for humanity and congratulate the birth of a concept called "Theistic Evolution" (accepted by the Vatican Church this year). The debate of "Creationism" versus "Evolution" has finally closed.
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Message 2063173 - Posted: 8 Dec 2020, 12:35:35 UTC - in response to Message 2063016.  

I wonder if the close of SETI@home and the Arecibo end are related in some way.
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Message 2063183 - Posted: 8 Dec 2020, 15:41:07 UTC - in response to Message 2063173.  

I wonder if the close of SETI@home and the Arecibo end are related in some way.

Yes with due respect to lack of Science funding.

Meanwhile, the politicians play with their vastly more expensive political toys...


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Message 2063229 - Posted: 9 Dec 2020, 1:35:27 UTC - in response to Message 2062762.  

I just saw this news. I am so sorry. Prayers for him and his family.
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Message 2063399 - Posted: 12 Dec 2020, 1:01:45 UTC - in response to Message 2062762.  

Bloo Mahrz says: we will rebuild!
Thank you for delivering the news even when it's difficult.
Incredible that my own PC got to process radio from Arecibo over the years.
We can't let Byron Hatch down! I'm sure there's a promising signal bouncing off the Earth's atmosphere every day.
We just got to know when and where to look. This will be the greatest human discovery of all time.
We can't let these Noble Scientists and Researchers die without their work being realized.
I didn't know you Barry but my thoughts and positive vibes go out to your friends and family.
Stay Save Everyone.
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