Silent Sunday – May 1, 2016

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I recently went for a visit to the Palomar Observatory and decided to spring for the extra $5.00 to go inside and get a tour of the Hale Telescope. Worth it – this is a photograph from inside the dome. With a 200″ mirror, the Hale Telescope was the largest in the world when it was inaugurated in 1948 – while no longer the largest, it is still in use 300 days per year for research purposes, generating valuable data. If only most technology lasted that long! I wish you all a wonderful and relaxing Sunday evening.

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    1. It was a great experience – our tour guide/volunteer was super knowledgeable. We were there in the morning, but if you go on the afternoon tour, he told us you can sometimes see them setting up for the experiments they will be doing that night.

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  1. They don’t make them like they used to. 😉 Marcy, I hope you are having a great weekend. (My apologies, I’ve been away from WordPress for a little while, so I’m still getting caught up.)

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    1. That is so true! It was an engineering marvel when it was completed, and Caltech has taken exquisite care of it.

      Thank you! I had a busy weekend, but a good one. I was just thinking about you yesterday and noticing you’d been away for a bit – I am glad you are back!

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      1. Caltech? Isn’t that where some of the fictional scientists of “The Big Bang Theory” work? 😉
        April is such a busy month. That stretch was my longest away from WordPress. I’m hoping that I’m able to be more consistent. You do such an amazing job with staying on top of your blog. Thanks so much for your kind words! Best, Michael

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      2. It is! I had no idea Caltech owned and operated the Palomar observatory and Hale Telescope until I arrived for the tour.

        Thanks, Michael – I try to keep up, but I always feel two steps behind on blog posts. The list of poems and TBI (to be illustrated!) just gets longer and longer. But I think quality over quantity will win the day! 🙂

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