MAGIC I at sunset
MAGIC I at sunset

100xCiencia was a conference about scienec journalism and outreach. I’d have loved to go to the public talk, but I was so busy catching up after Astrofest that I didn’t hear about it until afterwards.

On the other hand, I did get two days guiding work out of it: one trip to the observatory pon Thursday and one to the north of the island on Sautday. The trip to the observatory overran, and I didn’t get home until after 10:30 pm, but we had a great sunset beside the MAGIC telescope. We even had a beautiful green flash (where the last little bit of the setting sun turns vivid green).

On Friday I went to the First Stone ceremony for the Large Size Telescope, and I saw the green flash again. Actually, I was beside the residencia (the observatory’s private hotel) on the phone to the site administrator who was at the Roque itself, about 200m higher up. I saw the green flash and went “Wow!” about 15 seconds before he did. Now I knew that the higher you are, the later the sun appears to set behind the sea, but 15 seconds is longer than I would have expected.

In any case, it made a lovely end to the day.

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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