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This looks a bit like a photograph from the rims of the Hubble space telescope. However, it's a photograph I took before my years as a Martian spy. This is here, the Infrared Spatial Interferometer, on Mount Wilson, CA.

On the mountain, researchers from UC Berkeley interfere light from distant red giants from different telescopes, to get an idea of the size and shape of stars. Indeed, the only telescopes that can resolve the 'width' of stars are interferometers like these, and the Hubble.

This is the view right under the 1.65m flat mirror of one of three such telescopes, with the full moon and stars reflecting on the mirror and mount. Luckily, the telescopes work in the infrared spectrum, which enables the researchers to work in full moonlight, unlike other astronomers.

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