So it’s 5:48 in the morning (local time), and I’m sitting in the control room of the Radcliffe 1.9m telescope at the SAAO in Sutherland. Yep, I finally made it, even inspite of volcanoes.

I’m currently waiting for a half hour exposure to finish, which will hopefully give me a nice interesting looking stellar spectrum. Ahhh, fresh data.

(I’ll write more when I’m less preoccupied and better rested, don’t worry…)

EDIT— I figure I should probably also point out that the photograph is of SALT, not Radcliffe. SALT looks prettier. It also has a primary mirror over 5 times as big!

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Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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