6 Jun 2013
I am typing this from the control room of the 200-inch telescope at Palomar. Being a science wife has its perks. Eric’s mom arrived yesterday, and we drove down today for an observing run. Here we are modeling the latest in hard hat fashion.
The last time I was here, the weather was too bad to open the dome, but tonight conditions are fantastic, the dome is open, and the telescope is hard at work. We had the chance to stand on the observing floor as they were opening the dome, and it was just a majestic sight. A tiny bit of light made a luminous rainbow on the walls of the dome. This place is such a wonder of human achievement. It’s a place that makes you feel very small, in the best possible way.