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At 6:30 AST: A Flash Flood Warning was issued for Arecibo, Camuy and Hatillo in Puerto Rico due to heavy rainfall. Doppler radar indicates that 2 to 3 inches of rain as already fallen in the area.

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Using computer modeling Arecibo will complete a structural analysis to determine the cause of the cable failure and if any other areas of the telescope are at risk because of the cable break.

The Arecibo Observatory has been used for nearly 60 years to track asteroids as they careen toward Earth—a key part in our defense strategy against the interstellar objects.

Earlier this month the Arecibo Observatory, a mainstay of astronomy and the heart of the SETI program, was disabled by a falling cable. “We’ve been tested before,” the observatory's director said. “This is just another bump in the road.”

In early August, hearts sank throughout the universe when news surfaced that a falling cable had ripped a 100-foot-long gash in the Arecibo Observatory's antenna, temporarily putting it out of commission

Earlier this month the Arecibo Observatory, a mainstay of astronomy and the heart of the SETI program, was disabled by a falling cable. “We’ve been tested before,” the observatory's director said. “This is just another bump in the road.”

Earlier this month the Arecibo Observatory, a mainstay of astronomy and the heart of the SETI program, was disabled by a falling cable. “We’ve been tested before,” the observatory's director said. “This is just another bump in the road.”

Recent damage to the Arecibo telescope could keep it offline for months

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Nooooo 😢 — A Broken Cable Smashed Part of the Arecibo Observatory I grew up a few minutes from the giant dish, which it starred in 007’s Golden Eye and the 1997 film Contact with Jodie Foster. via @universetoday 

Snapped cable slashes a devastating hole in Arecibo radio telescope

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The famous observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, featured in the James Bond movie "GoldenEye," has been forced to temporarily close after a broken cable smashed through the side of its massive dish.

Wow. Asteroid 1998 OR2 tumbling through space seen by the Arecibo observatory. They confirm the space rock is ~ 2 km in diameter and rotates once every 4.1 hours. 1998 OR2 will safely make a #closeapproach  of Earth on 29 April, at its closest being 16 x further than the Moon🌙

The Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico just bounced radar off a spinning, mile-wide rock, 5 million miles away, moving at 20,000mph...and we got pictures back. These observations amaze me every time.

The crew of #USCG  Cutter Margaret Norvell apprehended four suspected smugglers and seized four 200 lb bales of cocaine with an estimated wholesale value of $30 million off the coast of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, this week.

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WATCH: Footage from Arecibo, Puerto Rico shows the scope of devastation left behind by Hurricane Maria. (Video: Eilien Gonzalez)

The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico has come through Hurricane Maria mostly intact—but with crucial damage

"All five of the hospitals in Arecibo, Puerto Rico’s largest city in terms of size, not population, are closed."

Used to detect mountains on Venus, the huge antenna at the Arecibo Observatory broke in half in the hurricane

The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico detected odd radio signals coming from the vicinity a nearby star.

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