Manastash Ridge Radar is named for the location in central Washington where one of its receivers is. However, Professor Sahr has made contact with a Sahaptin speaker (the class of languages to which Yakama belongs) in hopes of finding a new word to use for 'passive radar' that might propagate more usefully than the location name 'Manastash Ridge'.
He found that there is a Yakama word "pamts'ixwala," which means "attentive person" or "careful listener."
We have a recording of a native speaker saying the word; it's quite surprising to English-trained ears.
Many of our computers in the MRR system also have Yakama indian names: cowiche, kittitas, and umtanum, for instance.
On the other hand, our computer which takes data at the observatory on Manastash Ridge, the "gateway" to the ethernet bridge between MRO and UW, is named for the norse god Heimdal. Heimdal was the watchman of the gods, and was therefore placed on the borders of heaven to prevent the giants from forcing their way over the bridge Bifrost [the rainbow]. Just like our ever-attentive radar, which listens with a careful ear to the faintest signals from over 1000 km away, it is said that Heimdal needed less sleep than a bird, and saw by night as well as by day a hundred miles around him. So acute was his ear that no sound escaped him, for he could even hear the grass grow and the wool on a sheep's back.
And Now: Some Famous Data...
Here we've captured the big celestial Groundhog on "film"...
Speeding along at a mean Doppler shift of 677 meters per second!
(He knows that if he goes through that stoplight fast enough, it will appear green....)
And the story from July 4th, 2002: Manastash Ridge Radar Observes Northern Washington Fireworks Display!