IYA 2009 – Landing in Hilo

Posted in IYA2009 at 20:51 by Kathleen

I came back to Hilo today. It has been a long time since I flew back in during daytime. I was treated to a beautiful sight.

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IYA 2009 – Looks like 6 minus 1

Posted in IYA2009 at 16:11 by Kathleen

The big news of the day, once confirmed, is that my team is going to lose a member to grad school. It is a great news; not the lost of a teammate, of course, but the news of a friend getting what she really wished for.

That is all for today. I am starting to head back home tomorrow. I do not expect to be able to write something tomorrow. On the plane on Friday, I should have plenty of time to write, but I will not be able to post before Saturday evening when I will finally get back online.


IYA 2009 – The end of the vacation is looming

Posted in IYA2009 at 17:02 by Kathleen

I got caught by office work late last night. Stupid Internet. Nah! It is not that bad. Thanks to Internet I was able to do maintenance on our observing program. That sort of work is not very ‘brain consuming’, so I do not mind doing it while on vacation. The problem is that I had to connect to the office and hence my office mail got downloaded. And I could not resist…
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IYA 2009 – Oh! boy!

Posted in IYA2009 at 19:51 by Kathleen

I checked my emails tonight, before sitting down to write to this blog. I should have checked earlier. I have a series of ‘as-soon-as-possible’ requests. I have taken care of two and will have to complete the work tomorrow. It is getting quite late now, so that is as much as I will write tonight. I told you a few days ago that I was worry about not being able to survey my emails. See, I was not completely crazy. Must be my sixth sense.


IYA 2009 – All in the name

Posted in IYA2009 at 18:57 by Kathleen

“Astrophysicist”. That word for some reason always makes an impression on people outside the business. I normally use “astronomer” when people ask me what I do. Well, unless I want to be left alone, then “astrophysicist” is a good way to end a conversation.
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IYA 2009 – Worried

Posted in IYA2009 at 4:24 by Kathleen

Last time I was ‘off-the-grid’, that is without being able to address my work email, for so long while preparations for a review on our big project were being worked on, I came back to a series of stupid decisions.
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IYA 2009 – First skip

Posted in IYA2009 at 15:51 by Kathleen

Sorry folks. I have been sick all day. There will not be an astronomy-related blog today. Maybe I should pre-write a few articles for situations like this. Live and learn.


IYA 2009 – Mini-shutdown

Posted in IYA2009 at 17:54 by Kathleen

It looks like Gemini might be back on the sky taking data tonight. There was a mini-shutdown to make repairs, maintenance, and improvements to a central piece of the telescope system.
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IYA 2009 – Go 44!

Posted in IYA2009 at 16:59 by Kathleen

Like the rest of the world, it seems, I watched the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the USA. I sincerely hope that he can live up to the wave of change he has triggered.
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IYA 2009 – Cows on Mars

Posted in IYA2009 at 15:47 by Kathleen

The other day on the news the ticker at the bottom of the TV screen mentioned something about methane on Mars indicating that the planet was more active than previously thought. I rarely pay attention to astronomy on the news. Maybe I should but just like the rest of news, the astronomy that makes it on the news is just the flashy stuff, not necessarily the really interesting stuff.
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