PUMA ALERT!

Trip Start Sep 28, 2013
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Trip End Oct 12, 2013


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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The past few days have just been full of crazy animals!  We got a phone call around 1am to our dome.  Bob answered, and said something along the lines of "we'll be sure to do that and we'll be extra careful."  At first I thought we had done something wrong with the telescope and they were calling to scold us, but then Bob said "we don't want to be breakfast for it."  What on earth could he be talking about?  Well they spotted a puma near where our hotel is, and just wanted us to be careful coming back to our rooms, in case it is still nearby.  As much as it would be cool to see said puma, I'd rather not be eaten by a wild cat, so hopefully it is gone by the time we go back.  

Other than that craziness, it's been a pretty normal day.  I got to see the sunrise this morning (well it was more like last night for me) for the first time this trip.  The past nights, the asteroids that we were working on set around 5:30/6:00am, and it wasn't worth switching to a new asteroid for only half an hour, so we've just headed to bed half an hour early, but last night we were able to finish asteroid 1870 up right as it became nautical twilight.  Watching the sun rise over the mountains was just beautiful.

The observing session tonight started with some clouds, and we had to wait about 2 or 3 hours for those to finally pass, but the rest of the night stayed clear, and we bounced back and forth between asteroid 24448 and 51958 to try and get more of their lightcurves.  
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