MagAO-eXtreme Posts

  • XWCL among the aliens

    2023-02-01

    Joseph Long

    XWCL among the aliens
    MagAO-X and the eXtreme Wavefront Control Lab are affiliated with the Alien Earths project, an interdisciplinary collaboration led by Dániel Apai. I was going to list off the disciplines that they are inter-ing, but they said it best on their website: Our Alien Earths team includes experts in planet formation, exoplanet detection and characterization, planet formation, ...
  • Merry MagAO-Xmas, and a happy 2023A/B!

    2022-12-29

    Joseph Long

    Merry MagAO-Xmas, and a happy 2023A/B!
    This year has been a wild ride, which is to say, kind of on par with a normal pre-pandemic year. Conferences were held, telescopes were observed through, new people joined the program in real life (rather than Zoom™) and it wasn’t a big deal. This post is not a retrospective, however. This post is to document ...
  • MagAO-X 2022B Day 25: The Journey to Ruby Tuesdays

    2022-12-16

    Avalon McLeod

    MagAO-X 2022B Day 25: The Journey to Ruby Tuesdays
    Today the rest of the MagAO-X crew left LCO to return to our respective destinations! Slightly sleep deprived and ready for 30+ hours of travel Eden, Jared, and I got to visit the La Recova Market down in La Serena on our way out, where we found lots of fun Chilean items. Alpaca memorabilia galore We are now ...
  • MagAO-X 2022B Day 24: Transitive

    2022-12-15

    Jared Males

    MagAO-X 2022B Day 24: Transitive
    I first came to LCO on April 18, 2012, for unpacking the one and only original MagAO. It sounds sappy to say, but life was never the same again. Tonight marked the 453rd sunset I’ve been on this mountain for (I can’t swear that I saw them all). You’re never gonna believe this (because ...
  • MagAO-X 2022B Day 23: shhh… they’re sleeping

    2022-12-14

    Eden McEwen

    MagAO-X 2022B Day 23: shhh... they're sleeping
    Our 24 hour MagAO-X clean up effort has just finished up around dinner time. MagAO-X is off of Clay. After sleeping various amounts of not-enough today, the whole team is more than ready for some sweet sweet shut eye. Hopefully now unbothered by nightmares of 2.0 arcsecond seeing or cart assembly. End of run crew ...
  • MagAO-X 2022B Day 22: The Last Loop for 2022

    2022-12-14

    Avalon McLeod

    MagAO-X 2022B Day 22: The Last Loop for 2022
    Tonight marks the end of our time on sky for the 2022B run. Though we have had a bit of a rough week of seeing, humidity, etc., tonight we scored some decent conditions and got to do some of the science we’ve all been eager to do. Logan is hunting for white dwarfs, and may have ...
  • MagAO-X 2022B Day 21: Tiger Blood and The Universe Game

    2022-12-13

    Jared Males

    MagAO-X 2022B Day 21: Tiger Blood and The Universe Game
    Whelp, this run is old enough to drink. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vo-NJMkOFzE There is a peculiar thing about the way the Universe is constructed: it is nearly, but not completely, impossible for one civilization to detect another civilization (unless they want to be found). That parenthetical caveat is worth explaining up front: essentially all SETI conducted to date is predicated ...
  • MagAO-X 2022B Day 20 – Dripping when we should be KLIPping

    2022-12-12

    Alycia Weinberger

    MagAO-X 2022B Day 20 - Dripping when we should be KLIPping
    I’m baaaaaack. My last post on April 23 promised that if I got to come in person, I’d bring goodies. I tried to make good, but bad weather makes for a lot of snacking need. Not shown: chocolate covered pretzels The daytime weather has been lovely, for the viscachas and humans who happen to be awake then. ...
  • MagAO-X 2022B Day 19: The sky makes us sad but at least there’s vizzies.

    2022-12-11

    Logan Pearce

    MagAO-X 2022B Day 19: The sky makes us sad but at least there's vizzies.
    So the last two nights have followed the same pattern: decent seeing and good images until about midnight-1am, then seeing creeps up and up and up and blows past the top of the chart, and we all slump around the control room and lounge in a funk. But tonight there is an added bonus ...
  • MagAO-X 2022B Day 18: Prepare for trouble and make it double

    2022-12-10

    Sebastiaan Haffert

    MagAO-X 2022B Day 18: Prepare for trouble and make it double
    Tonight started of quite well. We finally had average conditions, which much better than the 2 arcseconds seeing from before! The first target of the night is one from Logan. She is searching for white dwarf companions around main sequence stars. Stellar evolution tells us that there should be more white dwarfs than we can ...