I thought about the Camarillo Observatory as well as its contemporaries in Palomar and Italy the other day for a few reasons. To start, a couple of disaster movies were on television and each contained a bit about an asteroid coming toward Earth.
It was interesting to hear one of my friends who works in Napa Valley for a wine gift baskets company talk about how they actually spend as much time watching celestial forcasts as well as weather reports as the grapes themselves, in an effort to learn more about what might be coming next.
For a country and a world not very interested in space and observing the planets and solar system-I thought it was a pretty powerful and profound statement. Even if you don’t see a clear connection between space and your job-it’s usually there somewhere just below the surface!