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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Speaking of radio telescopes...

This is the 12-m millimeter wave telescope also onthe southwest ridge of Kitt Peak. It used to be run by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory but now is run by the University of Arizona. It is very good at mapping out the giant molecular clouds. Way back when I wa an undergrad, one of my best friends worked on such a project and I visited him one night while he observed on this telescope. This image was taken at 300mm focal length with an exposure of 1/500 seconds at f/5.6, ISO 100. Posted by Picasa


Martha said...

Hey ! It looks like an Easter Egg cut on two ;-)
As always you have really good pics !

Jim said...

I should have mentioned that this is the dome for the telescope itself. The telescope looks a bit like the other radio telescope,b ut smaller. Here's a URL for a picture a friend of mine took that has the telescope in it (shot with a wide angle lens):