When I was about 7 or 8 years old, my parents took me to the Arecibo Observatory Visitor Center in Puerto Rico. That visit really made an impression on me. Ever since then I have been really interested in the Cosmos.
In 2011 I took a family vacation to visit Puerto Rico and again visit the Arecibo Observatory Visitor Center. We drove a very curvy steep road for hours before we reached the observatory. When we arrived it was as fascinating as I remembered it to be. It almost felt like we had trespassed onto a secret government base from the X-Files or something.
Those signs were definitely new. I did not see those when I was a kid visiting for the first time. So, it was good to go and acquire new memories of the observatory.
|Close up of Jupiter sign.|
|Observatory educational areas.|
|Satellite in Arecibo, Puerto Rico 2011.|
What makes the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico so interesting?
“It has a 1000 foot (305 meter) radio telescope the world’s largest single-aperture telescope. The dish surface is made of 38,778 perforated aluminum panels, each about 3 by 6 feet (1 by 2 m), supported by a mesh of steel cables. The ground beneath is accessible and supports shade-tolerant vegetation. Puerto Rico’s location near the Northern Tropic allows Arecibo to view the planets in the Solar System over the Northern half of their orbit.”––Wikipedia