Sunday, March 30, 2014

Something I Didn't Know about Arizona

I never knew that the Vatican Observatory is in my home state.

Actually, the official headquarters of the Observatory is approximately where one would expect it – not quite in Vatican City, but nearby, at the Pope's summer residence, Castel Gandolfo. But all the heavy lifting is done in Arizona. The operational headquarters is at the University of Arizona (presumably, few of the observatory officials, mostly Jesuits, were among the drunks rioting in Tucson last night because the Wildcats lost a basketball game), while their telescope is atop Mount Graham just outside Safford.

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