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Geoff Baum '10, of Lockport, NY, and Physics Lab Coordinator Jeffrey Miller attended the 2009 Undergraduate ALFALFA Workshop at the Arecibo Radio Observatory, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, in January.

During this workshop, funded by the National Science Foundation, students present their research on locating cool hydrogen in distant galaxies. Students are given tours of the Arecibo Radio Telescope, the largest single-dish radio telescope in the world, and have the opportunity to operate the telescope during an observing run.

The photo above shows Baum, a computer science major with a minor in music, and Miller in front of the 900-ton platform that contains the telescope's measuring instruments. The platform is suspended 450 feet over the main dish, which itself has a diameter of 1,000 feet.

Posted: February 5, 2009

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