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Mr Peck views one of the places from which his daughter views the universe

Summer hols 2001 have come and gone. Mr Peck's number 3 daughter Marlowe comes to Europe anyway, and we sojourn northwards to Bonn, Germany, to number 1 daughter Alison's place of work -- the Max Planck Institut für Radio-Astronomie in Bonn and, much more fun, the largest single steerable radio telescope in the world, at nearby Effelsberg.

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Whooaa. Mighty Big. A football field across, and since it doesn't work in optical wavelengths, you can disco all night in nearby cities and nobody cares. Your cell telephone, however, well, if you dally too long in the Bonn vicinity talking to your former girlfriend, that might begin to look like a newly-discovered quasar.

Let's climb up in there and have a look.

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Up in the dish, near the top-level control room, we find (from left) Marlowe Peck squinting and losing her shirt; our splendid astronomer guide, Alex (white hardhat); Alison's friend Tim Canty; and Alison herownself.

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Young Marlowe Peck HATES being photographed, especially when wearing a hardhat 200 meters off the ground in the dish of a large radio telescope in Germany.

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Back on the ground, Marlowe, Alison, and Tim (then an atmospheric physics doctoral student visiting from New Mexico Tech) lounge about near the telescope control centres.

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Four dishes. One for astronomers, three for staff. Just imagine the TV channels you could get on the big one.

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Dad and Alison posing for a countryside photo in the Effelsberg region of Germany, with the sneaky radio telescope, like the NSA, watching over them.

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Following all which, Marlowe and her Papa returned to Switzerland for some rainy hiking, and months later Alison came down to hike about a bit as well. Here.

Update 2002: Alison has moseyed off from Bonn and now works at Harvard University's radio telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii in the Sub-Millimeter Array project of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, part of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Update 2007: Alison has moseyed off to Santiago, Chile, to be Deputy Project Scientist at the European Southern Observatory's ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre Array) telescope, now under construction.

Update 2014: Alison has completed her posting in Chile and settled in at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.

Update 2022: After having rotated back to the Gemini telescope on Mauna Kea for a few years, Dr Alison has transitioned in 2021 to Project Director at the National Science Foundation in Alexandria, Virginia, where we (now here in Staunton, VA) hope to see her more often.

Summer 2001

Mt Washington, USA, by Ammonoosuc and Huntington Ravine trails

The MOOSA tour, Maine to Québec

Barbecue in Framingham, cycling to Rockport

Visit to Alison at the Effelsberg radio telescope in Germany

Visits by Marlowe and Alison to the Jura, September-October

Feedback and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, . All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 24 December 2001, revised 28 May 2008, 1 September 2014, 16 May 2022.

Alison Beth Peck