MagAO-X 2023A Day 5: Aligned and well

Today Laird and I continued alignment on MagAO-X with some frustration but ultimately success. The MKIDS team has provided us (among other additions) with a new dichroic that has made a nice addition to the instrument.

Keeping up with MagAO-X fashion to consistently sneak new things onto the table in fun mechanical ways!

Occasional robotic and sometimes chipmunk-like sound bites were heard around the cleanroom today, indicating that MagAO-X may be soon equipped with some auditory additions…

Laird and I (now sometimes referred to as Lardy and Eva) will be freed from our bubbles tomorrow as long as we pass our nose-swabbing tests in the morning. This means I can very soon visit my good friend the espresso machine! Non-bubbled members got to enjoy a visit from Carlos the culpeo at the lodge.

Perhaps looking for leftovers.

Not to worry, vizzy activity near the cleanroom has kept all members happy – bubbled or not.

Vizzy enjoying sunset at the ASB with a nice view of the Baade in the background.

Some of my favorite mountain dwellers were spotted by the PI today as well.

My kind of caravan.

Group members Warren and Sebastiaan are en route to LCO so we will have new familiar faces arriving soon!

Song of the day is brought to you by Melanie:

This song was introduced to me by both my dad and aunt in conjunction I suppose. Back in the days of cds, my dad’s sister burned a cd for him with some of his favorites and songs they had shared a likeness for growing up together. This charmer made it on that cd and was played nearly every morning by my dad – quite loudly through the house – in order to encourage my brother and I out of bed to get to school on time. On that same cd you can find the song I was named after (I’ll let you guess the title) by Roxy Music. Both of these have found their way onto my personal playlists, and sometimes help me get out of bed in the morning to this day.