Arecibo Radio-Telescope Observatory

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You’ve seen it many times. Hollywood has filmed several important movies there. But did you know that it’s right here in Puerto Rico?

That’s right!  It’s about a two-hour drive from the San Juan Metroplex and it’s absolutely breathtaking!  Many of the scenes for Jodi Foster’s 1997 blockbuster hit “Contact” were filmed right there in Arecibo and in the surrounding towns.  Two years before, Pierce Brosman filmed his James Bond megahit Golden Eye at the same location.

And let me tell you, this thing is a jaw dropper.  The 1,000-foot dish is the largest in the world!  It’s 167 feet deep in the middle, has a 90-ton platform suspended 450 feet above the center and the whole facility covers an area of over 20 acres.  Its surface is made of thousands of perforated aluminum panels, each measuring 3 x 6 feet.

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The site is open to the public Wednesdays thru Sundays, from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Admission is $10 for adults and $6.00 for children and seniors.  This includes access to the radio telescope area as well as the visitor’s center, where you can enjoy a variety of scientific exhibits.

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