PUERTO RICO, USA – The Arecibo Observatory collapsed on December 1, 2020.
The telescope was the biggest of it’s kind in the world until China built a bigger one in 2016.
Its 305-meter main dish was on the ground while the suspended platform weighing in at 150 tons carried antennas and other equipment suspended over it.
One of the main cables supporting the platform broke in August and then the rest let go Tuesday.
During its lifespan, it made numerous discoveries and was used as a radar to ping near-earth asteroids. It would document size, spin, orbit, and rotation. Without this telescope, there is not another one in the world with the precision capability to do so.
There have been calls on social media to rebuild however no plans for the future of the telescope have been completed.