St. Lawrence University astronomers Jeff Miller, Aileen O’Donoghue and Bryan Geiger ’16 reporting in again from rapidly-thawing northern New York. We’re in the middle of our first LBW remote observing session. So far, everything is going smoothly, and we’ve detected many sources. We learned a lot about LBW observing during our November 2013 observing run at Arecibo, but our observing at the January workshop was cut short by the earthquake, so we were wondering if we would remember everything we learned. It’s nice to know that the procedure has come back to us so quickly. And with LBW observing, it’s very exciting when we get a detection of a galaxy!

We’ve had a steady stream of our students coming through to see how real observing works. They have all been very excited with what we have been able to show them. But so far, no one has been will to stay up with us until 3:30 in the morning!

SLU astronomers

SLU astronomers Jeff Miller & Aileen O’Donoghue, getting into the island spirit

O'Donoghue & Geiger

Aileen and Bryan Geiger ’16 check on a source detection