Friday, September 21, 2007

mcdonald observatory

i've spent many weeks of my graduate student career out in west texas at the mcdonald observatory. long nights up all night operating the 107 inch telescope by myself. it's always a little creepy the first night... getting used to the sounds of the night again. when things break, you just have to fix them... somehow! if it's a huge problem, then of course you can call someone and wake them up to come help, but little problems can generally be fixed temporarily until the day crew comes in the morning. i think thats part of the fun of using these "little" telescopes!









anyway, i wanted to highlight this cool little video about the mcdonald observatory and some of the outreach that goes on there!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I used to hear Sandy Wood doing the "Stardate" bit on the news radio on my way to work. I believe her program was part of outreach of the McDonald observatory.

changcho

ian said...

Looks like you have a habit of climbing to places at McDonald where you shouldn't be! :) Incidentally I also have a photo of me looking down into the 82" mirror...

astropixie said...

i like hearing sandy's stardate updates on NPR!

ian... i didnt initially notice that i chose such such potentially incriminating pictures to display here!! hahaha! thanks for pointing that out. its true... i'm a climber!