If it's daytime, why am I as an astronomer even up? But all the other astronomers work days, so dutifully, I'm at work by 9am each day. I code, manage, have meetings. I estimate that I only get 3 minutes of actual astronomical observation in each morning.
That's the time I get to see the fresh data on the 'big wall' at work, right by the coffee pot. After that quick glance, it'd down to work. Technically, I'm an astronomer, but in practice, I'm a modeler whose work enables others to do science. Working days, I feel we've lost our connection to the night skies.
But those three minutes of seeing never-before viewed images of the Sun, they're glorious.
Life as a Daytime Astronomer: 3 minutes per day
By Alex "Sandy" Antunes | February 1st 2009 07:17 PM | Print | E-mail