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Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough (yellow hat) standing on a scaffolding with a group of Smithsonian employees outside the DuPont telescope. (Smithsonian Institution)

Day 2: Stargazing in the Andes Mountains

Up high among wild burros and llamas, a Smithsonian astronomer observes and studies the millions of stars in the sky

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We arrive at the library and hear a stimulating lecture on dueling cosmological theories and the influence of dark energy. I'm not sure I'm ready to take a test on the subject, but the talk was enjoyable and informative. We leave the library for a bracing walk back to our room (the wind is up and the temperature has dropped). Along the way Andrea helps me understand more about the Smithsonian's role in astronomy. Thus, a most interesting and worthwhile day comes to a close.

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