Orbital Mechanics Trivia

As a viscacha, integral and differential calculus are beyond me. However, it does seem to be spring again here in the southern hemisphere, and my calendar indicates it has been one full year since the last October 14th we saw.

(I’d double-check my facts with some of the cientificos, but I haven’t seen them in a couple years. I hope they’re doing okay.)

This means that the Earth has completed one more turn about the Sun, and the P.I. is a year older and wiser. In celebration of his wisdom, please enjoy P.I. utterances, available where-ever fine quotes are sold.

Song of the day

“Hard to Kill” by Bleached

2015B Day 24: From Alberto

Things are going well this week and the weather is ok.
Waiting for the new star wars movie, here we go!!!

The song of the day, speaking of Jukebox Heroes and Blockbuster movies: Hero by Chad Kroeger:

And a picture of myself for Alberto:

!Hola! I like the videos.

2015A Day 42: What’s Up and Down

A vizcacha, from her perch, can see the world.

Today I saw: Laird going down. Jared going down. The sun coming up. Laird coming up. Kim and Katie going down. The ASM coming down. Jared coming up. Clio coming down. The NAS coming down. Laird going down. Jared going down. Jorge, Povilas, and Francesco coming up. The sun going down. Katie coming up. The moon coming up. Katie going down. Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn staring back at me. The twin Baade and Clay telescopes spinning silently on their mounts. The Milky Way streaming across the sky. The Magellanic Clouds shining with the light of billions of suns. Buenos noches.

Top: The Clay telescope with the MagAO ASM yesterday. Middle: The MagAO ASM today. Bottom: The Clay telescope with the f/11 secondary mirror.

Juan led the crew in removing the ASM (top) and Clio and the NAS (bottom) from the Clay telescope today.

Clio, the NAS, and the ASM parked in the Aux.

I watched the moonrise through some clouds at the horizon from my cleanroom perch.

The Clay control room was pretty quiet tonight. Good luck, guys.

Condors always make my tail curl — but I think I’m pretty safe here.

That’s what’s up.

2015A Day 36: Astronomy or Astrology?

Once I was at an hotel in Santiago and I was trying to check my email from Tololo, where I was working at that time, and suddenly a lady from the cleaning staff saw the Tololo web page and asked me what was that …

“It’s CTIO web page the place where I work”

She looked at me and ask … “Can you do my astrological chart then?”

A bit of humour.

Humor of the day brought to you by Alberto Pasten, who takes his job looking up songs for the MagAO Blog very seriously… also he looks after the telescope 🙂

A classic song …