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NAIC/Arecibo Radiotelescope
Society: IEEEMain Category: ElectricalSub Category: SignalsEra: 1960-1969DateCreated: 1963Arecibo ObservatoryAreciboState: PRZip: 00612Country: USAWebsite: Gordon, William , Doundoulakis, Helias

The Arecibo Observatory has the largest radio telescope ever constructed. Maintaining the greatest electromagnetic wave gathering capacity of any telescope, it has been an essential tool in modern astronomy, ionosphere and planetary studies. Several feats of mechanical engineering went into the construction of this observatory, most notable of which is a drive system which allows all active parts of the antenna to be kept focused with millimeter precision regardless of environmental factors—such as thermal expansion.

Image Caption: NAIC/Arecibo RadiotelescopeEra_date_from: 1963
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