Sunday, March 25, 2012

McDonald Observatory

This was our awesome campsite @ the Davis Mountain State Park.

When I heard that the Observatory was 13 miles away, I decided that I would run there.

Andrew agreed to meet me so we could purchase tickets for the star party the following evening (and to give me a ride back).

I did not realize how much elevation gain was involved in that 13 miles...... Andrew rescued me shortly after the 10 mile mark. I would have had to walk the rest of the way.

Hee Hee.

We ended up making it to the Observatory in time for the afternoon tour...... I was a little sweaty and gross...... oh well.

Our tour guide was very passionate about astronomy (he was a geologist by trade).

View from outside the Hobby-Eberly Telescope.

The next night, we attended the star party. Got to see the moon like this. So impressive to see it with my own eyes........ photographs, and words, don't do it justice.

Amazing stuff!!

There is a sun dial just outside the visitor centre....... We checked; it was accurate.

I got to try freeze dried ice-cream for the first time. Unusual consistency, yet sooooooooo good.

Have you ever visited an observatory? Thoughts? Have you ever tasted something that was Freeze-Dried? Like it?

Gotta get me a high powered telescope.
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