Just a quick note to let you know I’m still alive and well and on the trail. It’s August 27, and I’m in Tucson, AZ. Since my last post I have seen:
- LIGO, the Laser Interferometry Gravitational wave Observatory, in Livingston, LA
- The University of Arizona Steward Observatory Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab, where they cast, form, and polish the largest telescope mirrors in the world
- Kitt Peak, the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, southwest of Tucson
- the Heinrich Hertz Sub-millimeter Radio Telescope on Mt. Graham, Sufford, AZ
- the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (yes, THAT Vatican) on Mt. Graham
- the Large Binocular Telescope, also on Mt. Graham.
Today I’m driving to Flagstaff, AZ, to tour the Lowell Observatory where Pluto was discovered, among other things. I’ll return to Tucson tomorrow to catch the train to Los Angeles.
It’s a lot of travel, a lot of telescopes, a lot to take in, a lot to arrange, and a lot to write about. Guess which of those things I haven’t spent much time on? I promise to give you full coverage of all the events, complete with pictures – eventually. I may have more time on the train to catch up a bit, and maybe in L.A. and on from there. I can see the end of pilgrimage on the horizon, and I’ll definitely be able to do more writing once I get home. If I remember where that is.