Contest #752 – Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

One of the world’s most famous beaches, Praia de Copacabana is an extremely popular relaxation spot on the Atlantic. The beach is bounded by resort hotels, including the famous Copacabana Plaza, and features a promenade designed by Roberto Burle Marx.

Every New Years Eve, the beach is the site of a massive celebration and fireworks display.

Those who found the site before the hint:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • Garfield
  • Lighthouse
  • Martin de Bock
  • Phil Ower
  • hhgygy
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Graham Hedley
  • Eloy Cano
  • Mark
  • Levi
  • Farid
  • Bas van Limpt

And after the hint:

  • Andreas Meister
  • Tamas Ny
  • Luís Filipe Manso Gonçalves Miguel

Contest #751 – Navigo Beach, Zakynthos, Greece

Elation 290 91, Greece - panoramio (39)

On October 2, 1980, the MV Panagiotis was carrying a load of contraband cigarettes when it ran aground on a “Smugglers Cove” named Agios Georgios on the north-east coast of Zakynthos. The ship was abandoned and looted of its contents by locals. The wreck is still there, and the beach has been renamed Ναυάγιο or Navigo which means “Shipwreck” in Greek.

The beach is only accessible by boat, but is still one of the most important tourist stops on the island.

Those who found it, all before the hint:

  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Graham Hedley
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower
  • Eloy Cano
  • Tamas Ny
  • hhgygy
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Garfield
  • Andreas Meister
  • Glenmorren
  • Luís Filipe Manso Gonçalves Miguel
  • Robin
  • Bas van Limpt
  • Jeather
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Robert

Contest #750 – Owens Valley Radio Observatory, Big Pine, California, USA

On February 17, 2022, CAL FIRE notified the scientists manning the Owens Valley Radio Observatory that they were under a mandatory evacuation because the Airport Fire was barrelling down on the facility. Thankfully, the winds died down and the brave firefighters were able to redirect the fire and eventually get it under control without damage to the OVRO.

One week later on February 25th, Caltech issued a press release which stated, among other things, that

Long-term radio monitoring of a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy some 9 billion light years distant appears to show it has a massive unseen partner. The Caltech-led observations were made over a 13-year period by the Owens Valley Radio Observatory in Northern California and reveal that the radio black hole will soon merge with a companion black hole to form a supermassive black hole binary (SMBHB).

Those who located this site before the hint:

  • Graham Hedley
  • Phil Ower
  • Lighthouse
  • Martin de Bock
  • Garfield
  • Eloy Cano
  • Paul Voestermans
  • hhgygy
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Bas van Limpt

And after the hint:

  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Andreas Meister
  • Robin
  • Tommy Ny
  • Robert

This ends our telescope series, with perfect 20’s scored by Phil Ower, Lighthouse, Martin de Bock, and Paul Voestermans. Congratulations!

Contest #750 Hint

Busy few weeks for this location…

In mid February of this year, the site had to be evacuated because of an encroaching wildfire. A week later the facility was mentioned in a press release about supermassive black holes merging.

Contest #749 – Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, British Columbia, Canada

Canada’s premier radio astronomy center, DRAO is, among other things, the home to the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (or CHIME) and the John A. Galt Telescope (NOT named after the Ayn Rand character, but the very first employee of DRAO who later became it’s director).

Build starting in 1960, the platforms at the facility have contributed to a more thorough understanding of the structure of our local galaxy, thanks to CHIME’s focus on the 21cm Hydrogen line. Other impacts have included the discovery and/or confirmation of exoplanets.

Those who found this site before the hint:

  • Graham Hedley
  • Lighthouse
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Phil Ower
  • Martin de Bock
  • Garfield
  • Bas van Limpt
  • hhgygy
  • Eloy Cano
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Andreas Meister

And after the hint:

  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Robin
  • Alison Emann