The NSF has announced that the giant radio telescope/dish will continue to do critical research, and has changed management hands to the University of Central Florida (UCF).

The National Science Foundation announced Thursday that the University of Central Florida will manage the Arecibo Observatory, a major radio telescope facility in Puerto Rico. Arecibo has long been one of the most significant and largest telescope facilities available to researchers, but the NSF has been looking to scale back its support for the facility. The university said it planned major improvements for the facility. UCF will lead a new consortium — including Universidad Metropolitana in San Juan and Yang Enterprises, a Florida company — that will manage the observatory.

Scott Jaschik