MagAO-X 2022B Day 7: First Team Photo Captured!

First post from Jialin, a new astronomy grad of the MagAO team! As a part of the Gen-Z crew that arrived yesterday, I spent today in my “bubble” keeping myself busy with work and olive counting while waiting for the arrival of MagAO-X. We should be freed tomorrow at 10am after our final COVID test. Shout out here to Joseph for coffee delivery to everyone in the “bubble” and Sebastiaan for his generous donation of the spare coffee machine.

The number of olives served today was surpringly low, merely 10.

To balance the calories consumed and burned, Avalon, Eden, and I went for a scenic walk to the 100-inch after lunch. We spotted the first guanacos since our arrival and managed to capture them with just “5 pixels”.

MagAO tradition of excrement-covered mirror selfies!
Spot the guanaco(s)?
Putting some pretty flowers seen on the walk so not all photos are selfies.

With full attendance (of those who are physically here at LCO), we went for an expedition attempting to spot the green flash at the robotic telescopes. We witnessed the sunset as well as the opening of the HATPI telescope (video below), which can detect a variety of different objects, from near-earth asteroids and exoplanets around bright stars to novae and bright gamma-ray bursts.

Group viewing of the HATPI telescope after it opened.
Warning sign outside the robotic telescope.
Robotic telescope cover opening

With the help of Joseph’s tripod, here is the first 8-person team photo of this run! We are all smiling 🙂


Song of the Day

Non-mandatory explanation of my choice of song: first recommendation from Youtube after listening to yesterday’s song of the day!