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A (Pauley) Space Odyssey

Do you recognize this space-like wonder?

Photos by Amanda Friedman

Published Apr 1, 2009 9:59 AM

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E.T. is not phoning home. He's a basketball fan. UCLA has one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, drenched in Southern California sunshine almost every day of the year. But every evening, the curtain of night drapes the Bruin landscape in indigo shapes and shadows. Even the most prosaic spot can appear mysterious after the sun sets and darkness falls. Just as it does in this photo, which looks vaguely extraterrestrial but is really a satellite dish above the entrance to the tunnel into Pauley Pavilion, next to the Los Angeles Tennis Center.