Arecibo Collapse

I posted recently about the decision to close the iconic radio telescope at Arecibo. Well it seems the end has come more quickly than anticipated.

The instrument platform (which weighed 820 tonnes), normally suspended at a height of 150m, has crashed down into the dish causing catastrophic destruction.

Fortunately nobody was hurt. The telescope is however a goner.

P. S. For bonus marks, calculate the energy released by the collapse.

3 Responses to “Arecibo Collapse”

  1. […] Arecibo¬† Observatory has released this dramatic footage of the recent collapse of the instrument platform on the telescope. Credit: Arecibo Observatory and the National Science […]

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