Thursday, June 01, 2006

Back to the telescope

I am back at Kitt Peak, west of Tucson, for a few nights of observing. It is kind of nice to get here. Due to the 7000-foot elevation, it is much cooler up here than in Tucson, where the temperatures are over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Observing in the summer is, in many ways, much nicer than observing in the winter. The nights are shorter, so it isn't as hard to stay up all night. For example, tonight it is fully dark for about 7 hours, while in December it can be dark for over 13 hours. That's quite a difference! In the winter, we wake up, make sure the telescope is ready for the night, eat dinner, start observing, and go to bed. In the summer, we wake up in the afternoon, play around for a while, go hiking, answer email, eat dinner, shoot some pool, have some coffee, and then go to work for a short night. Now THAT'S working! :)

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