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December 22, 2014

#1463: Altitude


[[An astronomy building is surrounded by trees. Inside it, someone is talking.]]

Because of low oxygen, astronomers working at high altitude telescopes may need to write down their plans ahead of time while at sea level.

Astronomer: Ok, let’s head up to the observatory.

[[Astronomers are in a van, driving swiftly up a hill.]]

Astronomer: When we reach the summit, we’ll check the iodine cell and do a general calibration.

Second astronomer: Sounds good.

[[The van reaches the top of the hill and parks in a flat area, near some telescope domes. The astronomers are still inside it.]]

Astronomer: My head feels funny.

Second astronomer: Look at those telescope domes.

Astronomer: Maybe we should tape them down.

[[The voices of the astromers have moved into one of the telescope domes.]]

Second astronomer: Haha, look at this mirror! My face is huge!

Astronomer: I see your face in the telescope! I discovered you!

Second astronomer: Let’s make out!