In the summer of 2016, I traveled to Flagstaff, Arizona with fellow William Jewell College Pillsbury Scholars for one week. During the trip, we collected data on the period of various binary stars on the 29″ NURO telescope. We utilized the Linux command line to control the movementĀ of the telescope and learned about the optics of the telescope. The telescope was originally built for the USGS to map the moon. In 1972 it was transferred to the Lowell observatory and has been retrofitted for undergraduate research in recent years. Throughout the week we experienced un-air conditioned cabin life in Arizona, hiked in the Grand Canyon, and stayed up until 3-5AM every morning. Check out the gallery below!