Thursday, February 2, 2012

Déjà vu - all over again

Sometimes something very familiar from your past comes right back at you in ways that you don't expect.  In my email inbox today was a link to a cool Chalk Talk video on the Electromagnetic Spectrum from the National Science Foundation (it is embedded at the bottom of this post).

It opens with some animation of science stuff including this view of stars over an observatory dome:

I knew right away what dome that was - the 48-inch Samuel Oschin Telescope at Palomar Observatory.  Have a look at the photo below and you can easily tell that the drawing is based on it.  It happens to be one of the many photos that I took while I worked at Palomar.

I certainly don't mind that the NSF based some artwork on the image. As I recall I gave permission for them to use it to promote research at Palomar that they were supporting. I just didn't expect to see it come back in this context today.

Enjoy the video.


  1. the IR dog and galaxy are both from spitzer. :)

  2. I thought I recognized the dog - maybe from one of your talks!