I’m having one of those days where I go back and check out all of the things I said I’d do “later.” Amongst those to-do items were some panoramas I’ve taken in the past year or so that I’ve been meaning to post on the blog. The first set, here, is from our PictureBubbles visits to the Mount Wilson Observatory here in California.
Getting these shots required riding to the top of a 150-foot tower in a bucket-built-for-two. I’m a bit acrophobic, so the compulsory harness didn’t really give me much of a feeling of security. Still, this has to be one of the most amazing views of Los Angeles one can possibly get.
This is the office underneath the Solar Telescope, where data is collected and stored. The team there still use computer systems from the 1970s (very HAL 9000)—not for budget reasons, but because changing their equipment would sacrifice the consistency of their decades-long observations.