Observing at Mt. Evans
Greetings from the University of Denver's Meyer-Womble observatory perched atop Mt. Evans, CO. As Dr. Bob mentioned in his previous blog post, we're preparing the observatory for yet another summer season, this time focusing on daytime observing of epsilon Aurigae.
If you are not familure with our observatory, it is located at the 14,128 ft (4,306 meters) level, just past the end of the highest paved highway in the United States, the Mt. Evans highway. This road winds around peaks, skirts along 1,000 - 2,000 ft. drop offs, and is often impassable during the winter months. The observatory is so remote that the closest power pole is nearly 10 miles away as the crow flies, therefore we have a solar power system that generates 1.5 kW of electricity under ideal conditions.
Over the next few weeks I'll be writing blog posts discussing what we're doing up on Mt. Evans and what it's like to work at a mountain top research facility. Until my next post, you might enjoy the view we had shortly before sunrise this morning when there was a strong up-slope wind that blanketed the lower ground (including Denver) in a thick layer of clouds.
Edit: I forgot to mention, if you have any questions about the observatory or want to see anything specific, let us know and I'll try to reply, write about, or videograph it.
A view from the University of Denver's Mt. Evans observatory, looking North during an up-slope wind.