Why eagle? Don’t you know, Langkawi is about the eagle after all? Badrun’s said that when time of mating come, the male eagle will chase the female, if the female’s okay, she should fly fast & the male should run after her. If she’s too fast, he should looking for another opportunity, or maybe chase another female.
If thing’s right, their claw should tight one another, then they would glide circling around down below, then release the claw, climb again, fly high .. over & over .. That is the mating. I don’t know to write it better, but my imagination describe it very well .. so majestic, is not it??
Eagle is known as monogamist, they will stuck with it’s pair, forever, even until one died, the other will wait beside the carcass (the carcass will decay in about four weeks), usually, without food, water, does not care about heat, rain, then, the sad one will die in 2 weeks, right beside the dearest part. Tragic romantic?
If surgeon need scalpel to dissect patient (ouch), so does astronomer need their scalpel, that is by dissecting the light of the star, which collected by the telescope. Let is said, that spectroscopy is technical method to break the star-light into rainbow color (or electromagnetic wave in more general term – that is if the astronomer is not an optician) & see how the rainbow is so different between one star & another, this is the finger-print of the stars. So from this rainbow, we know about what is this star, this is the fingerprint of the sun, that one is sirius, that one is aldebaran, that one is capela, that one is betelgeuse, etc etc.
So here it is, the fingerprint of Sirius, not so special about it. Realy, you could check from spectroscopy atlas of stars anywhere, but one thing that is so special is shown by prof. Gerbaldi, there is one distinct line that related to water vapor above the LNO, oh dear, even the sky above the LNO is not so astronomically clear. *sigh* . Yeah, nothing is perfect, that is how the nature behave.
This evidence will be challenging for every observers who will observe from that site someday. Maybe our information might be invaluable someday? Or might be just stepped aside & forgotten?
Maybe? (with Nam’s style of speaking [Nam Sok Chong, -the Korean guy]).
So, for the next time, this is my real opportunity to observe from LNO (Langkawi National Observatory, a.k.a Balai Cerab Negara, Langkawi) *that is the real & official name*. I have the opportunity to observing using spectroscopy, -what is that?- I will discuss about the technical detail later. Bad for our team, which consist of Nhazatulishima, Kim Mun-Song, Nam Sok-Chon, Yuan Jinzhao, Nguyen Tien Dung,Lau Chen-Chen, Prof. Chenzhou Cui & me; we have to race with the cloud, the task is to observe one early type star & one late type star.
What can we do, if the cloud is running around in the sky, so we have to chase the brightest we can find, so instead of observing those kind of stars, we’ve only manage to observe two early type stars. Mwahahaha .. at least we have something & report our finding. We have manage to observe Sirius & Castor.
It does not matter, wether to use modern equipment or standard or even basic equipment, we still rely on how nature behave, which will be on astronomer side, or against the astronomer. This is the basic work of astronomer.
This is the main story of the big scene of ISYA, visiting observatory … woahhh … modern observatory, with all modern & sophisticated facilities, made me envy for the whole things. They have anything that i only dream of; but dreaming is not a bad idea right? The more important thing to do is doing something with anything you have.
Technically speaking, for sun observation, they have seven telescopes with different filters!! For the night observation, they have this Ritchey-Chretien 20″ with giant Paramount mounting, all had been completed set up with computer controlled. They have many kind of filters, spectrograph, CCD’s .. great .. great ..
For the softwares, they use MaximIDL & Adobe Photoshop .. so expensive, i have only dream to use it back then
Alas, that is not the main attention (at least for me) for the first time visit to this observatory (Balai Cerab is what they say in Malaysian language), i have great attention of this creature that ‘greet’ us on our first visit. How so???
Yeah yeah .. we saw one lizard, quiet big around 30 cm long, directly i remembered the creature from computer game “Fall-Out”, which discuss about this kind of gecko .. hahaha .. i don’t know how can i link this distance event, but you know, there is one kind of tropical lizard from tropical land with latin’s name: cosymbotus platyurus (flat-tailed gecko), so .. gecko gecko gecko?? is this coincidence?? I guess something just intertwining in my memory, but it was indeed compelling more, instead of the sophisticated of the observatory.
Well, we will observing from this observatory later, so i can wait for another moment to taste the satisfaction of modern observatory, in the mean time, i just wondering about this gecko stuff. Irrelevant, but fun!