Happy New Year

New Year marked the start of night two of our observing run. We finished observing yesterday at just after midday – radio astronomers laugh at both sun and, in our case, cloud. The result’s weren’t great; we lost more than five hours completely to strong winds which might have been dangerous to the telescope, and the rest of the data was pretty shoddy. Not only that, but Daniel beat me soundly at first chess and then billiards.Tonight isn’t looking very good either – we’re struggling even to point the telescope at extremely bright objects – but I did at least join in with the Spanish tradition of eating twelve grapes in twelve seconds to welcome in the New Year. Let’s hope it brings us some luck.  

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5 responses to “Happy New Year”

  1. Alice says :

    Happy New Year and wishing 2009 brings you both a lot more luck with the weather.

    I missed the grape-eating tradition too. 😦

    How horrific that Daniel beat you at chess and billiards! Dare him to outpost you on the Galaxy Zoo Forum. 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

  2. zofia magrian says :

    Well why are you surprised? In some countries (including mine) they say that if you work on a day when you’re suppose to rest and have fun the results are no good. What you need is a New Year’s Ball like I had this year. With lots of extravagance, egaggeration and useless activities like dancing. The Opera Ball in Vienna sounds decent doesn’t it? 😉

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  5. jay_nail says :

    Its not new year 5,4,3,2,1……..ITS THE NEW YEAR heh heh heh

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