Hi there,
it’s 20:21 here in Hawaii. I am currently in the control room of UKIRT on Mauna Kea at 4200m above sea level waiting for the humidity to drop. This is actually my second night here and so far it has not been great ! The weather is actually not that bad but there are some low clouds occasionally coming up and causing the humidity to spike.

I was quite worried about this observing run because I’ve never been working at such a high altitude. I am quite pleased that so far it has been going pretty well: no headaches nor any sickness. I’ve even been doing quite a bit of coding for the VISTA quality-control database which is not really bad considering that some people have rushed down the mountain because they show either minor or major symptoms of AMS.

Tonight we had a great sunset. I managed to take a few pictures as well but I forgot the USB cable down at the hotel so I will not be able to add the pictures to this post. In the meanwhile, if you want to get a feeling of how’s life up here, with a funny twist, have a look at the Hotel Mauna Kea video produced by a visiting astronomer: