Visiting the World’s Largest Radio Telescope
The National Society of Physics Students organization is broken up into zones across the U.S. Florida falls into Zone 6, which has its own annual meeting at a host university. This year the host university was the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez, and we were able to get funding from Student Activities for five of us to go! We listened to presentations on different research taking place in our zone, both from professors and students. Several group activities allowed us to meet people from all over our region (Zone 6 covers Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Puerto Rico). The highlight of the trip, however, was visiting the Arecibo Observatory, the largest radio telescope in the world! Here’s a photo tour of our adventure:
We all had a fantastic time, and are very grateful for the opportunity to travel to Puerto Rico. It was a great learning experience, both for the science-nerd part of us and for the culturally-curious part as well!
(Featured Photo: Florida Tech students attending the SPS Zone 6 meeting 2014 in Puerto Rico. Left to Right: Ari Fainstain, Pranav Mohanty, Kim Walton, Brooke Adams, Chris Bahr)
*All photos in this post were either taken by Kim Walton or Pranav Mohanty.