Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Summer School in Winter

The School itself was at the Radio Astronomy Center close to the Hotel. About 8 km from the Hotel, but with unpaved roads you'll learn fast, that the most accurate unit to measure distance is hours - it took us about half an hour to get there.


We stood up early every morning, when it was still cold, about 3-5 ºC, where you could still see the morning fog, and when the bees were still sleeping.

The RAC has a very special telescope that is over 530 m long, and got something like 1100 wires to build a reflecting surface. It's also built on a slope, so that it is parallel to the rotational axes of the earth. How cool is that?


It is amazing. You can tell because during every tea break there were at least 2-3 people who kept staring at it. A real beauty.

I also met Siva again, who shared the office with me when he was studying in Linz.

And here is the colleague who is sharing the office with me for 3 years now.

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