UCF Marks 1st Year at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico

Source: UFC News

UCF celebrates its first anniversary this month of operating the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.

The observatory is the first national research center that UCF has led. It is home to one of the world’s most sensitive Incoherent Scattering Radar systems, which detects microscopic fluctuations due to thermal motions in the ionosphere, and one of the largest aperture radio telescopes in the world. The instruments give hundreds of national and international scientists the opportunity to make observations and conduct research not easily done through other means. The facility has a science staff that conducts research and helps international scientists do their work in the area of planetary science, space and atmospheric science, and radio astronomy.

UCF’s story in Arecibo began in April 2018, when the university received a $20 million National Science Foundation grant to operate the facility in collaboration with its partners Universidad Ana G. Mendez (formerly UMET) and Yang Enterprises Inc. Since then the facility has undergone some renovations, its staff has helped conduct research linked to discoveries in gravitational waves and near-earth asteroids, among others.