Tuesday, 22 July 2014

ISR School: Arecibo Visitor Centre

Here's a photo of the building in which the Incoherent Scatter Radar School takes place in the mornings every day this week. It is the Visitor Centre of the observatory, which has a very nice auditorium, which we are allowed to use in the morning. In the afternoon we are in another building, the balcony of which this picture is taken from.

The visitor centre is very popular and lots of tourists make the trip up to the observatory to see these fascinating facilities. All participants of the radar school have access to the visitor centre and its exhibits, and we are allowed to move much more freely on-site than the tourists, even though for safety reasons the radar is off limits without prior agreement.

As the dramatic clouds in the background suggest, the weather is tropical, with some rain showers in the late afternoons, which so far did not bring much water and the Sun is shining almost all the time, alas often through a hazy sky. Temperatures are hovering around 30°C and humidity is high.

Photo: Thomas Ulich.

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