FLASH Talk for NOAO

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory consolidates much of the optical astronomy in the United States into one office. Its main locations are the Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) in Arizona, and Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) in Chile. This week, I’ve travelled to KPNO with my supervisor, Dr. Patrick Hall, for a 7 night observing run on the Steward Observatory‘s 2.3m Bok Telescope.* Both the NOAO and the Steward Observatory (which is a tenant of KPNO) have their main offices located on the campus of the University of Arizona (whereas the telescopes of KPNO themselves are an hour west on Kitt Peak Mountain). Since Pat and I were travelling to the mountain, we elected to give a Friday Scientific Lunch Talk (or FLASH talk) at the NOAO offices.

The south east corner of the University of Arizona's campus.

The south east corner of the University of Arizona’s campus. Notice the massive football stadium in the far left background. Go Wildcats.

The Entrance to the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO). It is directly across from the UofA Astronomy Department/Steward Observatory; however, the NOAO is NOT part of the University.

The entrance to the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) main office. It is directly across from the UofA Astronomy Department/Steward Observatory; however, the NOAO is NOT part of the University.

This picture is taken from the exact same location as the picture above (of the NOAO entrance); they are directly across the street from one another. The Steward Observatory is the research arm of the Department of Astronomy at UofA.

This picture is taken from the exact same location as the picture above (of the NOAO entrance); they are directly across the street from one another. The Steward Observatory is the research arm of the Department of Astronomy at UofA.

The title slide of my talk for the NOAO. Click the picture, or here, for a copy of the slides.

The title slide of my talk for the NOAO. Click the picture, or here, for a copy of the slides.

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* Earlier in 2014, I also spent a week at the Bok telescope, see posts here, and here, and here, or just look at all of these.

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