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The Arecibo Observatory is a radio telescope in the municipality of Arecibo, Puerto Rico. This observatory is operated by SRI International, USRA and UMET, under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF).<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref><ref name="sri">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=pressrelease |type=Press release }}</ref> The observatory is the sole facility of the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (NAIC), which refers to the observatory, and the staff that operates it.<ref name="2010RFP"/> From its construction in the 1960s until 2011, the observatory was managed by Cornell University.

The observatory's 1000 foot radio telescope is the world's largest single-aperture telescope. It is used in three major areas of research: radio astronomy, atmospheric science, and radar astronomy. Scientists who want to use the observatory submit proposals that are evaluated by an independent scientific board.

The observatory has appeared in film and television productions, gaining more recognition in 1999 when it began to collect data for the [email protected] project. It has been listed on the American National Register of Historic Places starting in 2008.<ref name="newlistings20081003"/><ref name="nrhpreg">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }} (72 pages, with many historic b&w photos and 18 color photos)</ref> It was the featured listing in the National Park Service's weekly list of October 3, 2008.<ref name="featured">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The Center was named in IEEE Milestone in 2001.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> It has a visitor center that is open part time.<ref>Visitor Center</ref>


Arecibo Observatory sections
Intro   General information    Design and architecture   Research and discoveries  SETI, METI  Other uses   Funding concerns    \u00c1ngel Ramos Foundation Visitor Center    List of directors    In popular culture    See also    References    Further reading    External links   

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