Unanswered Questions at Las Campanas Observatory

Studying the atmosphere of Pluto from Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, a young astronomer contemplates isolation, personal loss, and a life of wandering.

That first night in Las Campanas, the fog on the mountain persisted until morning, and we collected no data. I walked back to my room in the gray of early morning burdened with José’s stories—stunned, weary, bumping shoulders with the moon.
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