Yesterday we went over stellar evolution–white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes–and using astronomy in fiction. We also visited the university’s computer lab and discussed how Hubble pictures like this one are derived:
We also saw the planetarium and had a field trip out to the Cavalryman for dinner before heading out to Red Buttes Observatory where, unfortunately, we couldn’t open the dome due to humidity levels. But we did get to see the large telescope they had there and talk with the graduate student camped out doing research there.
Jerry Oltion gazing at the mirror.
There was evidence of quite a bit of whimsy and a healthy sense of humor in the observatory. Sheep slippers by the door!
Vonda McIntyre pointing out “telermascope” on the white board in the control center.
And we stood outside for a long time gazing up while Jerry and Mike picked out constallations with their laser pointers.
After dinner, I flashy-thinged my fellow workshopers. Um, then I turned my flash off. Left to right: Jeff, Lori, Josepha, Tempest, Vonda, Scott, Jerry (W.), Jerry (O.), Alaya