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Go listen to a genius

Go listen to a genius

MacArthur Foundation fellows are featured in a series of talks

January 27, 2015 3:12 pmLoading…

Ceres may reveal the secrets of planets

Ceres may reveal the secrets of planets

Tucson scientists will interpret features of the dwarf planet and possibly a subsurface ocean.

January 26, 2015 8:15 pm Photos

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Tucson science series ponders the unknowable

Tucson science series ponders the unknowable

Brother Guy says he won't answer the question 'What is Life?' in his opening lecture.

January 24, 2015 7:55 pmLoading…

Artists explore asteroid

Artists explore asteroid

Art students created a mural celebrating the UA-led NASA mission.

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UA lecture series explores life in the universe

UA lecture series explores life in the universe

How did life develop here and does it exist on the thousands of discovered planets and the billions of undiscovered ones in the cosmos?

January 17, 2015 11:45 pm Photos

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UA astronomer's team discovers possibly habitable planet

UA astronomer's team discovers possibly habitable planet

Once-crippled Kepler Space Telescope has new life as finder of nearby exoplanets.

January 16, 2015 10:00 pm Photos

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Researcher used fire to illuminate history of Southwest

Researcher used fire to illuminate history of Southwest

Tom Swetnam parlayed his love of wild places into an academic career.  

January 11, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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'Cosmic ballet' captured by NOAO-operated observatory in Chile

'Cosmic ballet' captured by NOAO-operated observatory in Chile

Astronomers trying to figure out how galaxies interact.

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Tucson was consistently warmer than normal in 2014

Tucson was consistently warmer than normal in 2014

Wildflowers bloomed in January. Gila monsters emerged months early.

January 01, 2015 6:30 pm Photos

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Prize-winning code at UA simulates astro-blast

Prize-winning code at UA simulates astro-blast

UA grad student uses technology of video games to re-create galaxy formation.

December 28, 2014 12:00 am Video Loading…

Tucson forecast: no snow, no chestnut roasting

Tucson forecast: no snow, no chestnut roasting

Historically and realistically, we don't expect a white Christmas in Tucson.

December 23, 2014 2:30 pmLoading…

UA Mirror Lab to bear name of $20M donor

UA Mirror Lab to bear name of $20M donor

Richard F. Caris gift will help build the Giant Magellan Telescope.

December 15, 2014 9:30 pm Photos

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Asteroid danger overhyped, some experts say

Asteroid danger overhyped, some experts say

Claims of group pushing to find killer space rocks are challenged.

December 03, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Introducing the 'Astro Gallery' series

Introducing the 'Astro Gallery' series

These images are cool for a lot of reasons.

November 30, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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NASA needs Kitt Peak telescope for exoplanet duty

NASA needs Kitt Peak telescope for exoplanet duty

Development comes just as National Science Foundation was looking to cut ties.

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Target of UA space mission in NASA animation

Target of UA space mission in NASA animation

OSIRIS-REx will catch up to Asteroid Bennu in 2018, return sample to Earth.

November 19, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Jesuit astronomer confesses youthful error

Jesuit astronomer confesses youthful error

Brother Guy Consolmagno challenges his own findings about the giant asteroid Vesta.

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Spacecraft to Pluto is ready for its wake-up call

Spacecraft to Pluto is ready for its wake-up call

NASA's first mission to Pluto will begin sending images to Earth early next year.

November 13, 2014 5:30 pmLoading…

Comet landing cheers scientists

Comet landing cheers scientists

European Space Agency's historic landing on a comet provides "ground truthing" for a wealth of data already collected.

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Staring into space was never this fun

Staring into space was never this fun

Two talks this week on the UA campus bring astronomy to the general public.

November 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Pair leaves Paragon to join space tourism business

Pair leaves Paragon to join space tourism business

Biospherians Taber MacCallum and Jane Poynter hope to help new business take off.

November 08, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Psssst ... see the eclipse without leaving your desk

Psssst ... see the eclipse without leaving your desk

See today's partial eclipse through the McMath-Pierce solar telescope on Kitt Peak.

October 23, 2014 12:43 pmLoading…

View today's partial solar eclipse safely

View today's partial solar eclipse safely

Events at the University of Arizona and Pima College will allow you to view the eclipse without harming your eyes.

October 23, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…

Hurricane Odile didn't follow the models

Hurricane Odile didn't  follow the models

Mike Leuthold of the University of Arizona's Atmospheric Sciences Department concluded early Wednesday that Odile's moisture would miss Tucson. 

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UA lecture series explores life in the universe

UA lecture series explores life in the universe

How did life develop here and does it exist on the thousands of discovered planets and the billions of undiscovered ones in the cosmos?

January 17, 2015 11:45 pm Photos

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UA astronomer's team discovers possibly habitable planet

UA astronomer's team discovers possibly habitable planet

Once-crippled Kepler Space Telescope has new life as finder of nearby exoplanets.

January 16, 2015 10:00 pm Photos

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Researcher used fire to illuminate history of Southwest

Researcher used fire to illuminate history of Southwest

Tom Swetnam parlayed his love of wild places into an academic career.  

January 11, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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'Cosmic ballet' captured by NOAO-operated observatory in Chile

'Cosmic ballet' captured by NOAO-operated observatory in Chile

Astronomers trying to figure out how galaxies interact.

January 04, 2015 12:00 amLoading…

Tucson was consistently warmer than normal in 2014

Tucson was consistently warmer than normal in 2014

Wildflowers bloomed in January. Gila monsters emerged months early.

January 01, 2015 6:30 pm Photos

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Prize-winning code at UA simulates astro-blast

Prize-winning code at UA simulates astro-blast

UA grad student uses technology of video games to re-create galaxy formation.

December 28, 2014 12:00 am Video Loading…

Tucson forecast: no snow, no chestnut roasting

Tucson forecast: no snow, no chestnut roasting

Historically and realistically, we don't expect a white Christmas in Tucson.

December 23, 2014 2:30 pmLoading…

UA Mirror Lab to bear name of $20M donor

UA Mirror Lab to bear name of $20M donor

Richard F. Caris gift will help build the Giant Magellan Telescope.

December 15, 2014 9:30 pm Photos

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Asteroid danger overhyped, some experts say

Asteroid danger overhyped, some experts say

Claims of group pushing to find killer space rocks are challenged.

December 03, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Introducing the 'Astro Gallery' series

Introducing the 'Astro Gallery' series

These images are cool for a lot of reasons.

November 30, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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NASA needs Kitt Peak telescope for exoplanet duty

NASA needs Kitt Peak telescope for exoplanet duty

Development comes just as National Science Foundation was looking to cut ties.

November 29, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Target of UA space mission in NASA animation

Target of UA space mission in NASA animation

OSIRIS-REx will catch up to Asteroid Bennu in 2018, return sample to Earth.

November 19, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Jesuit astronomer confesses youthful error

Jesuit astronomer confesses youthful error

Brother Guy Consolmagno challenges his own findings about the giant asteroid Vesta.

November 15, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Spacecraft to Pluto is ready for its wake-up call

Spacecraft to Pluto is ready for its wake-up call

NASA's first mission to Pluto will begin sending images to Earth early next year.

November 13, 2014 5:30 pmLoading…

Comet landing cheers scientists

Comet landing cheers scientists

European Space Agency's historic landing on a comet provides "ground truthing" for a wealth of data already collected.

November 12, 2014 11:36 amLoading…

Staring into space was never this fun

Staring into space was never this fun

Two talks this week on the UA campus bring astronomy to the general public.

November 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Pair leaves Paragon to join space tourism business

Pair leaves Paragon to join space tourism business

Biospherians Taber MacCallum and Jane Poynter hope to help new business take off.

November 08, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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View today's partial solar eclipse safely

View today's partial solar eclipse safely

Events at the University of Arizona and Pima College will allow you to view the eclipse without harming your eyes.

October 23, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…

Psssst ... see the eclipse without leaving your desk

Psssst ... see the eclipse without leaving your desk

See today's partial eclipse through the McMath-Pierce solar telescope on Kitt Peak.

October 23, 2014 12:43 pmLoading…

Hurricane Odile didn't follow the models

Hurricane Odile didn't  follow the models

Mike Leuthold of the University of Arizona's Atmospheric Sciences Department concluded early Wednesday that Odile's moisture would miss Tucson. 

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Managua explosion not linked to asteroid, NASA suggests

Managua explosion not linked to asteroid, NASA suggests

The Nicaragua explosion claim was intriguing to asteroid watchers.

September 09, 2014 2:40 pmLoading…

Local 'sci-fi' projects advance in NASA competition

Local 'sci-fi' projects advance in NASA competition

NASA funds five proposals for far-out projects and two are based in Tucson. 

August 12, 2014 10:00 pmLoading…

Ebola treatment pioneered at ASU

Ebola treatment pioneered at ASU

Researchers at ASU's Biodesign Institute pioneered the use of tobacco plants to produce antibodies.

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NSF releases funds for massive survey telescope

NSF releases funds for massive survey telescope

The LSST promises the widest, deepest, fastest view of the cosmos.

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Dig confirms Clovis people hunted elephantlike gomphotheres

Dig confirms Clovis people hunted elephantlike gomphotheres

We now know the beasts roamed North America as recently as 13,000 years ago.

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ASU to design cameras for NASA's 2020 Mars rover

ASU to design cameras for NASA's 2020 Mars rover

NASA has chosen seven instruments for the next Mars rover mission, set to launch in 2020.

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What? It didn't rain at your house?

What? It didn't rain at your house?

Most of Pima County received two to three inches of rain during July.

July 31, 2014 4:22 pmLoading…

Brazil's $40 million boosts UA's giant telescope

Brazil's $40 million boosts UA's giant telescope

Effort ensures production of mirrors here for the Giant Magellan Telescope.

July 24, 2014 5:00 pmLoading…

LPL hosts open house for lunar anniversary

LPL hosts open house for lunar anniversary

Sunday's open house highlights contributions UA planetary scientists made to that first moon walk 45 years ago.

July 17, 2014 3:36 pmLoading…

NASA announces the discovery of the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of its star

NASA announces the discovery of the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of its star

The new planet is not too hot to boil off its water nor too cold to freeze it solid. It's in the just-right "Goldilocks Zone."

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Move over, Pluto, there may be a real planet out there

Astronomers have discovered the farthest "dwarf planet" and it points to an even bigger planet hiding at the edge of our solar system.

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Will the sun totally fry Comet ISON?

Find out the latest from the crew of comet watchers on Kitt Peak

November 27, 2013 3:11 pmLoading…

Comet ISON is brightening again as it approaches the sun

Astronomers gathered at Kitt Peak's McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope are elated, despite cloud cover that is keeping comet hidden for now 

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On Monday be enlightened about darkness

Author Paul Bogard says preserving darkness in important to all of us, not just astronomers.

November 15, 2013 4:32 pmLoading…

If pizza won't get you to a science talk, how about free jelly beans?

Learn the latest olfactory science at Tuesday's Science Cafe

November 15, 2013 2:39 pmLoading…

Three University of Arizona science lectures next week

Monday includes a look through the historic telescope at Steward Observatory. Tuesday features pizza. Wednesday promises happiness.

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Arizona's oldest observatory has first results from its newest telescope

Arizona's oldest observatory has first results from its newest telescope

Arizona’s oldest observatory has published its first scientific results from its newest telescope.

October 10, 2013 1:35 pmLoading…

Calling all lunatics

Calling all lunatics

International Observe the Moon Night is Saturday

October 10, 2013 12:36 pmLoading…

The "comet of the century" is looking pretty good as it approaches the sun

The "comet of the century" is looking pretty good as it approaches the sun

Comet Ison is looking pretty good as it approaches the sun, with a big, long tail and a greenish hue.

October 09, 2013 1:53 pmLoading…

'Astrophysicist' title could mean better job prospects

The University of Arizona's astronomy graduate students hope to persuade their department, their college and the Board of Regents to acknowled…

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Eat bugs on purpose this Sunday

Eat bugs on purpose this Sunday

We've all inhaled gnats or eaten bugs in flour but at the Arizona Insect Festival, you can eat them with intention, while you learn about the …

September 12, 2013 12:32 pmLoading…

UA presents a free science education, not to mention pizza, beer and movies

UA presents a free science education, not to mention pizza, beer and movies

Explore the cosmos, visit the rain forest and learn the secret of happiness in a series of scientific lectures this fall.

September 11, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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What's better than science? BEER and science

Two environmental researchers from the University of Arizona will talk about their adventures in the Amazon Basin Thursday at Borderlands Brew…

September 10, 2013 3:52 pmLoading…

Scientific field work gets a little crazy sometimes

Scientific field work gets a little crazy sometimes

Shortly after their funding was renewed for another five years in June, University of Arizona researchers lost one of their critical-zone rese…

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Earth is still a pale blue dot from space, even with all those people waving

Earth is still a pale blue dot from space, even with all those people waving

If you went outside and waved and smiled at Saturn Friday, here'e your photo.

July 22, 2013 3:48 pmLoading…

Wave at Saturn Friday, but don't bother dressing up

Wave at Saturn Friday, but don't bother dressing up

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is going to take our picture Friday afternoon and the space agency is encouraging us to go outside and wave at the c…

July 18, 2013 12:20 pmLoading…

Tucson astronomy history lives Monday at Steward Observatory

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Monday

April 15, 2013 2:58 pmLoading…

Fire danger is high for southeastern Arizona

A red-flag warning is in effect for Southeastern Arizona from noon today until 8 p.m. and again on Saturday afternoon through evening.

March 22, 2013 12:05 pmLoading…

CDO grad wins international physics prize

Joe Polchinski, professor at the Kavli Insitute for Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara, has won one of three Physics Frontiers Prizes fro…

March 21, 2013 3:03 pmLoading…

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