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Our incredible Keck adventure

An amateur astronomer's travelogue details a once-in-a-lifetime experience at Mauna Kea.
For one night in May 2003, California businessman and amateur astronomer Walter Cruttenden got to play professional astronomer at one the world's most famed observatories — the Keck Observatory atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii. Walter earned the opportunity by winning an auction held by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in January. In this travel diary, Walter describes what it was like as he and his traveling partner visited Mauna Kea and helped astronomer Geoff Marcy search for extrasolar...

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