Hola from Pico Veleta
I’m sitting in what looks like a perfectly normal hotel room; bed, tv, shower and desk (with every astronomer’s essential needs – an internet connection – catered for). It’s only by opening the curtains that you might realise I’m somewhere special. Skiers are flying past in one direction, while in the other direction others are being pulled up the slopes on a chairlift. Down below the city of Granada stretches out in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. We’d worked our way through the throng earlier, looking incongruous pulling suitcases behind us among the multicoloured sportswear, on our way to use the IRAM SEO Services UK millimeter radio telescope. We’ll be looking at merging galaxies selected from the Galaxy Zoo catalogues, and then at some of the nearest blue ellipticals.IRAM is a hard working telescope – being a radio telescope we can observe right round the clock – and we’ve been allocated a shift from midnight to 12.30pm starting tonight. The skies are – at the minute – clear and so the lunch we just shared with the day crew and other observers has become dinner, and I’m off to bed. Daniel and I will be blogging throughout the run, so please do keep us company – we’ll have plenty of time to answer questions once things start running smoothly.