A Search for Waves in the Atmosphere of Venus (Part II)

I arrived at the Apache Point Observatory – two hours north of El Paso – with a head cold, which did not help my adjustment to the 9,000 foot altitude.  After a night of nausea and headaches, I (somehow) awoke feeling perfectly fine.  Walking out of the small dormitory, I was greeted by the immense cube of the 3.5-m telescope I would be using that night.  To the left were two smaller domes and a large building that houses the 2.5-m Sloan Digital Sky Survey telescope, the instrument which has revealed the large-scale structure of our universe.  The observatory sits on a peak overlooking the Tularosa Basin, an area of desert larger than the state of Connecticut.

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A Search for Waves in the Atmosphere of Venus (Part I)

I’m a physics major, but my real passion lies in astronomy.  My honors thesis is on the atmosphere of Venus, and I was recently able to go on a trip to New Mexico, with the help of the Charles Center and Physics Department, to observe the planet with a state-of-the-art telescope.

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