To say the “museum” and the little movie they run are little bit of an anti-climax would be an understatement, but seeing the dish is incredible. The drive out there is scenic too as it’s out in the middle of some very hilly jungle. Driving the backroads of Puerto Rico is fun because it seems every road has a route number, with all the routes/intersections clearly labeled, which makes it easy enough to follow a road maps.over 6 years ago
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Seriously. In the movie Contact, where she’s at the observatory. The love scene with Matthew McConnehey, that bed. Of course, Jodie was nowhere to be found. They added the headboard for the movie, too.
But I can honestly say that I’ve slept in Jodie Foster’s bed.
I’ve also been under the dish (a scene well described in Where Is Joe Merchant? A Novel Tale) and up to the platform above the dish (I was guilty of joining a gang of hoodlum scientists who flew paper airplanes for about an hour one muggy dawn).
AO was originally built as a radar – Bill Gordon championed it – to study the ionosphere.over 6 years ago
The first planets outside the solar system were discovered around Pulsar B1257+12, a rapidly rotating pulsar with three Earth-like planets in orbit. ( early 1990s )
The home of SETI. And it’s a huge device the world uses to study the Ionosphere.
Long windy road on the way from the ocean to the dish is great.
Perhaps everyone else has said it, but Jody Foster shot the Carl Sagan film CONTACT at this site. Perhaps that movie was a bit of a leap, but one of the main uses for this dish is listening to space for signals from intelligent things out there in space, or wherever the hell they are, what ever they may be.
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