The Arecibo radio telescope, the largest observatory in the world for 50 years, collapsed today. Here’s a latch-hook rug I made of the message it broadcast in 1974 and the globular cluster that was the target of that message. Rip you big ass telephone

@prehensile I did not hear about this, why did it collapse? Anything specific, or just generalized, "Who cares about Puerto Rico?"

@david @prehensile Scott Manley's done a good video on the details of the actual collapse:

youtube.com/watch?v=vchDbyIRP4

Background:

youtube.com/watch?v=IEe4Wlc5Vp

Looks possible that what triggered the final breakage was a relatively distant earthquake but it was already in a very rickety state.

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