In recent years (i.e. since the 1970s), astronomers have established observatories (that is, they have installed large telescopes) in regions where atmospheric effects less affect the quality of the images delivered by the instrumentation. In so doing, they've set up the largest telescopes in appealing places such as the Canary Islands, Chile and Hawaii, but also in Antarctica and, as I've experienced in first person, on the Asiago Plateau, in North-Eastern Italy, not too far from Venezia, at least geographically. Still, surprising as it may be :-), the large majority of astronomers spend most of their lives among other people, and sometimes even in big and lively cities. As for me, from the beginning of my Master Thesis work back in October 1998 I have experienced a few very different workplaces. Here's then a selection of (generally a little too amateurish) photos taken where this adventurous job happened to taken me.
Copenhagen, Denmark : October 1998 - August 1999
Asiago (VI), Italia : September 1999 - December 2000
Padova, Italia : January 2001 - October 2003
London, United Kingdom : November 2003 - September 2005
Padova, Italia : September 2005 - date
The so-called "Astro Villa", home to Copenhagen Astronomical Observatory
My table at Copenhagen Astronomical Observatory
Some nice folks in Asiago (Photo Courtesy of Alessandro Sozzetti)
Some friends at my "alma mater"...
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A rare testimony of my frequent day-or-so trips to Bologna:
Carlo and Giulia painstakingly at work on ISO data!
"Multiwavelength Cosmology" Conference, Mykonos, Greece, 17-20 June 2003
Hardly to be listed under "work", you might think, but...
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When moving from Padova to London (3 November 2003) one must adjust to so many differences that sometimes it is difficult to realize how some things are remarkably similar!:-)
Spot the difference?
My table at Imperial College, London, November 2003
Finally, after years of painstaking studies and research work, in January 2004 it finally
came my time to enjoy one the sheerest pleasure of astronomers' life: observing at a
telescope! Specifically, I worked at JCMT, one
of Mauna Kea Observatories.
Here are some photos taken at the
Hale Pohaku Guest House and at
Mauna Kea Summit during my several observing
runs up there in 2004 and 2005.
(More) Mattia on Mauna Kea
Some young folks at the SWIRE team meeting in Asiago in Summer 2005