The Arecibo Observatory is the most powerful radiotelescope in the world, it was inaugurated
on November 1 st , 1963, and it’s located in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Here, scientists from
throughout the world use the 305 meter dish to send and receive radio signals from regions of
star formation, planets, distant galaxies and the atmosphere.
On March 1 st , 1997, the Angel Ramos Foundation Science and Visitor Center was inaugurated.
Over 85,000 visitors are welcomed each year to the Educational and Visitor Center which
includes an exhibit hall with interactive exhibits and informative panels related to astronomy,
physics and atmospheric sciences. Visitors also enjoy a spectacular view of the 1,000 feet
diameter dish from the observation deck and a visit to the Galaxy Shop, where you can find
souvenirs, educational games and other science related products.
The Arecibo Observatory, is a national research center operated by UCF University of Central
Florida, Yang Enterprises Inc. and Universidad Metropolitana (UMET), under a cooperative
agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF). Additional support is provided by the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).