a gleaming tower, we enter the small building that houses Mount Wilson Obervatory's 150-Foot Solar Telescope.
George Ellery Hale looks like the one I photographed at Caltech in 2009, but I learned that it's not the same. This one was rejected by the Hale family. The accepted bust is at Caltech somewhere, though it's likely been moved since I took its picture.
At first you think, "Oh. Well, it's an old room. With old computers in it. And...wait, what are all these dials and knobs and...?"
You know you can't look directly at the sun, but there it is before you on the table, with today's spots.
Every day the sun's spots are mapped, and the information is shared for anyone to see. This research is used worldwide.
Then the gloaming fades into night.