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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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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Rotating Telescopes & Collaboration: A Tour of the Multiple Mirror Telescope

Atop Mount Hopkins near Tucson, Arizona, stands the Multiple Mirror Telescope. At the time of its establishment in 1979, it was the third largest telescope in the world – even President Carter sent congratulations on its dedication. In 1998, the telescope was converted from having six smaller mirrors to one large mirror, but the name remained the same. This new […]

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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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Exoplanet System Discovered in Habitable Zone Around Nearby Star

On February 23, 2017, NASA published an article with Nature, the scientific journal, about a recently discovered solar system, called Trappist-1. Trappist-1 is a solar system about 40 light years away, or roughly 235 trillion miles, from Earth. In the system, there are seven planets orbiting around a red dwarf star. Exoplanets are planets that orbit around a star that […]

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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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