Insanely Large Machines

Posted on 2013-November-23 in astronomy • Tagged with large telescope, vlt, xkcd

Just saw this xkcd being pointed to by ESO today: xkcd Telescope names.

The Very Large Telescope is a project I was lucky enough to help bring from its infancy to daily operations. In the crowd of engineers who worked on that project, Daniel Enard was considered by most as …

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Posted on 2013-June-26 in astronomy • Tagged with angles, bug, dates, starbugs

The night was clear, we would not be playing Bomberman in the VLT control room that night. Clear skies and a sub-arcsecond seeing meant we would have a full batch of data to process every hour or so until the next morning. Once the calibrations had finished, the telescope operator …

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