One of the auxiliary cables that helps support a metal platform in place above the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, broke on Monday (Aug. 10) causing a 100-foot-long gash on the telescope’s reflector dish. Operations at the UCF-managed observatory are stopped until repairs can be made.
Y’all know I’m a big fan of observatories. The photo in the linked post is gut-wrenching. My guess is that this repair work is going to take a fair bit of time. I tried to find a way to support the repair work but I haven’t been able to find anything. Perhaps it is still too early for that.