Last night was beyond words. At around 8:30 PM we ventured up to the rooftop of the physics building, where the University of Wyoming’s “little observatory” is housed. It’s amazing, but what was shocking to a lot of us is that it isn’t used all that often. Mostly just by undergrads, and as outreach. If I was in the department, I think I might be up there on every clear night.
We were able to see the surface of the moon—and I don’t mean a little bit of the moon, either. I’ll never get that image out of my head. The clouds were a huge problem, but that didn’t keep us from seeing Saturn (rings, rings!) or some binary stars. I’m in love. Here’s a picture of me at the telescope.
So, if you haven’t already guessed, the workshop is going great. Tonight we head up to another observatory, WIRO, which is the size of the Hubble. I hope the skies remain clear!