February 2011


The following remote observing report is from Alexandrea Safiq, a freshman at Union College.

Lucas Viani, Rebecca Koopmann, and myself—Alexandrea Safiq - are
remote observing on this frigid Thursday night, recently turned Friday
morning! Beginning observing put us on our toes when the telescope
started moving in the counter-clockwise direction to azimuth 180
rather than the nearer 540. No biggy.  Very exciting work with numerous
observed sources and two undergrads learning how to log for the
ALFALFA project - the hours are flying by. With the the croaks of
coquis playing on iTunes in the background it's hard to believe we're
not in Puerto Rico, alas the knee high snow just outside of Science
and Engineering is a stark reminder.

Alex & Lucas controlling the Arecibo radio telescope from Union College.

Dr. Rebecca Koopmann included the information the Lucas and Alex are 
both freshman at Union College.  Lucas is a physics major and Alex 
is a dual Environmental Science/Physics major.  Lucas will be working 
this summer on Halpha images from Kitt Peak.  Both were students in a 
freshmen physics seminar where they did ALFALFA-related projects.
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Jeff Miller from St. Lawrence here. Aileen O’Donoghue, Heather Cutler ’12 and myself are experiencing our first remote observing session! It was a bit nerve wracking at first when things didn’t work as expected, but Martha talked us down. We’re directing the collection of photons from 44°36’N, 75°10’W. It’s a balmy 22°F here in the North Country – practically shorts weather! And we have the sounds of the coqui emanating from my laptop. What more could you ask for?

Observing from SLU

Team SLU: Jeff Miller, Aileen O'Donoghue, Heather Cutler '12