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Astronomy 5110 Lecture Notes
Image of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III 2.5-m Telescope at Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico, carrying out APOGEE near infrared spectroscopic observations of the Galactic bulge -- about 60 degrees from the zenith, over El Paso, Texas lights, and with a full moon nearby. Photo taken and copyrighted by APOGEE Principal Investigator Steven Majewski.

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