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The Hotel Mauna Kea

Posted on December 11, 2007 by Juan

If you can get through the slowish, stylish first minute, this is one of the better parody videos I have seen recently. It describes the travails of planetary astronomers working at the IRTF (Infra-Red Telescope Facility) at the 14,000 foot high Mauna Kea observatories. To paraphrase the YouTube description:

Experience the plight of astronomers at the 14,000-foot summit of Mauna Kea! Veteran observers John Annen, Juan Delgado (flamenco guitar), Kelly Fast (vocals and 12-string guitar), Ted Kostiuk, and Tim Livengood took the HIPWAC spectrometer to the IRTF observatory on the Big Island of Hawaii and were inspired to write the lyrics to “Hotel Mauna Kea”. Here, Juan, Kelly and Ted perform the song and all co-investigators star in this above-the-clouds music video. “Hotel Mauna Kea” is a parody of The Eagles’ “Hotel California” by Felder, Henley, and Frey.

While I have never observed at Mauna Kea, this video brought back some memories of observing at remote locations like CTIO and Mount Hopkins. Thanks to Jeff Larsen for letting me know about this video.

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