APACHE POINT ASTRONOMY FIELDWORK / by q@quintanwikswo.com

The team spent the past two days in fieldwork with the marvelous staff of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey at Apache Point Telescope, observing the mapping of distant galaxies. 

Throughout it all, embraced by chilling 40mph winds on a 10,000 elevation peak that overlooks the precipice: Ciudad Juarez femicide sites, the Air Force Base, and the White Sands MIssile Range, and the atomic bomb detonation's  Trinity Site down below. I am learning a lot about the history of light. 

More notes and reflections (!) and observations (!!) to follow, but for now some snapshots from our overnight galaxy gazing. For more photos, visit the apache point album at my site bumblemoth

the aluminum galaxy maps for the Sloan Survey…each hole is a galaxy.

the aluminum galaxy maps for the Sloan Survey…each hole is a galaxy.

my new aluminum plate transgalactic map.

my new aluminum plate transgalactic map.

supernova processing…

supernova processing…

we have the bright light. 

liquid nitrogen tanks for cooling the telescope... 

liquid nitrogen tanks for cooling the telescope... 

an attractive apparatus for light looking.

ah, beauty is a valve. 

we are watching you. 

a rack of aluminum galaxy map plates….awaiting their fiberoptics. 

a rack of aluminum galaxy map plates….awaiting their fiberoptics. 

Each hole is a galaxy or a quasar. A lot of galaxies looking out our window…

looking through the galaxies…

trees and sunset, looking out through the galaxies…

galaxy gazing.

sunset over ciudad juarez, white sands, trinity site, air force base, and el paso.

Moses walking out to make adjustments. 

the iris opens at sunset....

and then it opens. 

cooling with liquid nitrogen in the wee hours...

liquid nitrogen handling gloves...

we all have these buttons. some more prominently marked than others. 

sunrise over white sands missile range after a night of galaxy viewing...

sunrise over ciudad juarez, white sands, trinity site, air force base, and el paso. And billions of years ago, the galaxies shine onwards.