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by Cloudster
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2142: "Dangerous Fields"
Replies: 35
Views: 3645

Astronomy kills +1

My wife is in charge of the 3.5 meter telescope at Apache Point. Etched into the bottom of the mirror are the initials of an astronomy prof (I believe from U of A) who was killed at Kitt Peak (IIRC) shortly before the APO mirror was cast. He was running a grad student class at the observatory, and o...
by Cloudster
Fri Oct 31, 2014 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1441: Turnabout
Replies: 44
Views: 13898

Re: 1441: Turnabout

Definite LOL out of me, my wife did an 'Oookay' which is odd because she actually uses the retroreflectors on a regular basis. Our last APOLLO run, Tuesday night, she hit all five (three Apollo, two Lunakhod) but she said it was a bit of a struggle. Since the APOLLO laser pulses at 20 hz, you'd have...
by Cloudster
Sun Oct 26, 2014 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0117: "Distant Death"
Replies: 39
Views: 29467

Re: What-If 0117: "Distant Death"

While Planetary Protection Officer is cool, for a decade my wife has dealt with a NORAD officer whose job title was Space Battle Commander. She's an astronomer at Apache Point Observatory and runs a lunar laser ranging program called APOLLO, bouncing the laser off of the five retroreflectors that ar...
by Cloudster
Thu Oct 06, 2011 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0961: "Eternal Flame"
Replies: 131
Views: 57433

Re: 0961: "Eternal Flame"

RIP, Steve. Ya did good, and changed the world in lots of ways for the better.
by Cloudster
Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0818: "Illness"
Replies: 116
Views: 35237

Re: 0818: "Illness"

I've enjoyed your comic over the years and have shared it with many, hopefully expanding your readership. Very sorry to hear that you're going through rough times, and can totally sympathize. My wife loves your astronomy and astrophysics comics as she has a PhD in that field and operates a 3.5 meter...

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