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.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.