I am on La Palma in the Canary Islands for a week-long observing run. Normally coming up to this sort of place isn’t the astronomy I do (I play with a radio telescope in the Netherlands, which I’ve never seen as I download the data form a supercomputer, meaning not too many exotic observing trips), but we have a course at the University of Amsterdam for our M.Sc. astronomy students where we have them write proposals and take data and write it up on a proper big telescope down here in La Palma. They take a TA too- a PhD student who is the teaching assistant- so upon realizing I had to TA anyway I asked just what someone had to do to TA the La Palma course.
“You have to ask, and you’re the first one to ask” was the answer, so here I am, adapting to a week of nocturnal existence where one typically sleeps from 8am-4pm. Something else I never really do normally by the way, as radio waves don’t care if it’s day or night when you observe them.
More later, probably from a furry little aardvark friend of mine who loves exploring all things astronomy. But it was just too glorious a sunset tonight to not share it.