Steward Observatory celebrates 100 years as a University of Arizona campus department

TUCSON, Ariz.–The University of Arizona Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory held an open house for the public from Friday, Feb. 16 and Saturday, Feb. 17 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Steward Observatory as a campus department. The History Back in 1916, Lavinia Steward anonymously donated $60,000, which would be nearly $1.3 million today, to commemorate her late husband […]

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Dendrochronology & Astronomy

What is the link between the trees and the Sun? They are not anywhere close to one another — the Sun is 92 million miles away and trees grow here on Earth. Both are made out of the same basic materials fused by the universe. But the link between the Sun and the trees here on Earth runs deeper than […]

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TUCSON’S MARCH FOR SCIENCE

TUCSON’S MARCH FOR SCIENCE – APRIL 22ND, 2017      Donning lab coats and carrying only the most clever of signboards, “SCIENCE, NOT SILENCE” became the rallying cry for those attending the March for Science in downtown Tucson this past Saturday. The historical El Presidio park transformed into a pro-science, pro-education space in what was a sister march for the […]

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UA’s Very Own

In January of 2017, it was announced that physicist Robert N. Shelton would be the new president of the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization. Shelton is the former 19th president of the University of Arizona, serving from 2006-2011, as well as the former director of the annual Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix. Since 2014, Shelton has also been president of the Research […]

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What Star Augur Etraeus Got Wrong

Thoughts from an Astronomy Gamer THE STAR AUGUR… Blizzard’s Warcraft series, and all the books, merchandise, and spinoffs that includes, is one of the most successful franchises in gaming history. While playing online recently, I came across an encounter that is as visually stunning as it is thought-provoking. Star Augur Etraeus in the Nighthold raid grants players a glimpse of Azeroth’s night […]

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Fires, Lasers, Squirrels, and Telescopes: A Tour of the Large Binocular Telescope

In June of 2004, the Nuttal Fire began along the southern rims of the Pinaleño Mountains in southern Arizona, sparked in two separate locations by lightning strikes. Over the course of a month, the fire burned nearly 30,000 acres and cost over $8 billion dollars. “A pair of wildfires in southeastern Arizona skirted the Mount Graham International Observatory earlier this […]

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TWO LOVELY WEAVERS – ANITA AND ARABELLA

On July 28, 1973, two all-American ladies spun into space on the Skylab 3 assignment – a solid decade before Sally Ride’s historic space shuttle Challenger STS-7 mission launch. Their monumental task: to weave some silky webs in zero gravity. At the prompting of Massachusetts high schooler Judy Miles, NASA space scientists (who, most likely, were not arachnophobes) asked, “How […]

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