A Breathtaking Window on the Universe

October 27, 2018

Table of Contents for the Second Edition of “A Breathtaking Window on the Universe: a guide to the observatory at the Roque de los Muchachos”. Any words in bold are explained in the glossary. The second edition of “A Breathtaking Window on the Universe” is now on sale, price 17€ from shops or 15€ + P&P from this site. To continue reading, click here to buy the book.

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The Inauguration of the LST

October 16, 2018

  The Large Sized Telescope was inaugurated on Wednesday October 10th. I didn’t get chance to take many photos, because I was working. My part in the inauguration was to look after a group of 42 Japanese scientists and engineers for the day, showing them around GTC and the Roque before the speeches and ribbon cutting. The VIPs incuded Pedro Duque the science minister, and Takaaki Kajita Nobel Prize winner and director of…

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Ravens on La Palma

July 3, 2018

Common Ravens live all over Europe, Asia and North America, but we have a different sub-species here. Some biologists group our raven in with the North African sub-species (Corvus corax tingitanus) and others think the Canaries have their own sub-species (Corvus corax canariensis). Like other members of the rook-and-crow family, they’ll eat whatever’s available: carrion, insects, cereal grains, berries, fruit, small animals, and food waste. And they’re pretty intelligent about…

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Progess on the Large Size Telescope: May 2018

The massive segmented mirror of the Large Size Telescope and two people in a cherry picker working on the mirror
May 19, 2018

On Thursday I went up to the Roque, and I was surprised by progress on the Large Size Telescope. Every time I see it, it’s more impressive. Most of the mirror segments have been fitted now. I’m looking forward to the day they remove the white covering and replace the reddish brown counterweght with the camera support. I believe the inauguration is planned for October.

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A Breathtaking Window on the Universe

April 30, 2018

I think this is a really good guide book to the observatory on La Palma, but you probably shouldn’t take too much notice of my opinion because I wrote it. On the other hand, the director of the biggest telescope in the world, Pedro Alvarez, likes it too. So do the directors of the William Herschel Telescope and telescopio Nazionale Galileo (the Italian). “A Breathtaking Window on the Universe: A…

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Visits to the observatory

April 24, 2018

The regular morning visits to the observatory are on hiatus due to an administrative problem. I keep hoping they’ll be reorganised soon, and but meanwhile there are some groups available through either elena.nordio@adastralapalma.com. She does night time excursions too, and they get excellent feedback. I can organise groups, but unfortunately it’s only worth my while for groups of at least 10 people.

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