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The Arecibo Observatory is a very sensitive radio telescope located approximately 9 miles (14 km) south-southwest from the city of Arecibo in Puerto Rico. It is operated by Cornell University under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation. The observatory works as the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (NAIC) although both names are officially used to refer to it. NAIC more properly refers to the organization that runs both the observatory and associated offices at Cornell University.

The observatory's 305 m radio telescope is the largest single-aperture telescope (cf. multiple aperture telescope) ever constructed. It carries out three major areas of research: radio astronomy, aeronomy (using both the 305 m telescope and the observatory's lidar facility), and radar astronomy observations of solar system objects. Usage of the telescope is gained by submitting proposals to the observatory, which are evaluated by an independent board of referees. (ref. from


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New Images from Puerto Rico. Featuring: Arecibo, Puerto Rico

The town of ARECIBO in Puerto Rico was founded in 1616 .
Estimated population as of 2006 is 102,216 . The zipcode is 00613

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