Lowell Discovery Telescope (LDT)

Discovery Channel Telescope

I dropped in to check on my gold interests in Bagdad, Arizona, last week. Bagdad is the home of a gigantic open-pit copper mine run by Freeport-McMoRan. Gold is a respectable byproduct of the copper extraction process, which is where I come in. Looking into that unbelievable hole in the ground is always worth the trip to Bagdad.

Afterwards, I took a leisurely drive over to Prescott and Camp Verde to visit friends, and on into the Coconino National Forest to the Lowell Discovery Telescope, which receives its mail through the village of Happy Jack.

The LDT is owned and operated by the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, established in 1894. My friend Ivan is on the staff at the LDT, assigned to exoplanetary research. He studies young stars and young planetary systems using spectroscopy.

We discussed matters of astronomy and astrophysics while at the same time hiking deep into the forest, far from civilization and its interests.

for What Pegman Saw

7 Responses

  1. Sounds like a true story. Have you been to Happy Jack?

  2. You’ve crafted quite a detailed world for your flash fiction stories. Very ingenious, tying them all into your interests in gold.

  3. It’s a busy region for sure.

  4. Nicely done!

  5. Wow! You packed a lot of information into your story. Thank you.

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