Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thursday the 13th!

Finished my end of Gemini Phase II; turns out I need to get an OK for adding an hour angle constraint, so I await word on that. One lesson learned is that there are lots of complexities to using curved slits at fixed angles on the sky to get spectra of gravitationally lensed arcs; IFUs on 30-meter class telescopes will make these observations much simpler someday [more compact lenses can be done now with IFUs on 8-meter class telescopes, but aren't as useful for the application I have in mind].

Did a 10-15 minute interview for an Institute of Astronomy podcast that should appear next month.

Worked on my informal presentation for tomorrow's extragalactic gathering.

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