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Mars rover Opportunity breaks the off-world driving record

Mars rover Opportunity breaks the off-world driving record

Opportunity, the little rover that could, has broken a 41-year-old driving distance record that’s out of this world. The decade-old NASA Mars rover has crossed the 25-mile mark, surpassing the 24.2-mile record held by the Russian moon rover Lunokhod 2.

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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.

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SkySpy: Scorpius and its grandeur easy to spot

SkySpy: Scorpius and its grandeur easy to spot

Scorpius is one of the largest, brightest constellations.

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Sky spy: Find the Summer Triangle

Sky spy: Find the Summer Triangle

Tonight, look for the summer triangle of Altair, Deneb, and Vega.

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Enjoy fireworks Friday, watch the moon Saturday

Enjoy fireworks Friday, watch the moon Saturday

 If you can spell Zubenelgenubi you have arrived as an amateur astronomer.

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Sky Spy: Summer solstice is time to remember our forebears

Even though it has been hot and has felt like summer for weeks, it officially begins this Saturday at 3:51 a.m.

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Look for stars Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali (no spelling required)

Look south around 9 p.m. next week to see Scorpius standing straight up above the southeastern horizon. North of Scorpius and to its west (right) is the faint constellation Libra the Scales.

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‘Visionary’ Trevor Weekes, pioneer of gamma-ray detection, dies at 74

‘Visionary’ Trevor Weekes, pioneer of gamma-ray detection, dies at 74

Weekes dedicated nearly 50 years to the search for sources of high-energy particles in the cosmos.

May 29, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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UA hits the space sciences trifecta in research

Researchers winning fellowships named for Sagan, Einstein and Hubble will study at the Department of Astronomy and the Lunar and Planetary Lab.

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Scientists from around the world exchange ideas on space exploration at Oro Valley conference

Astrobiologists hope an array of new telescopes and space missions, combined with technological leaps, will lead to evidence of life on exoplanets.

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Weekes dubbed 'father' of his astronomical field

Weekes dubbed 'father' of his astronomical field

Weekes, a pioneer of gamma-ray astronomy, searches for the enormously energetic particles coming from pulsars, supernovae and black holes.

December 30, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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University of Arizona grad student discovers the UA's first exoplanet

University of Arizona grad student discovers the UA's first exoplanet

Vanessa Bailey led a team that found a Jupiter-sized planet orbiting far from its host star, upsetting accepted theories of planet formation.

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Federal budget cutting threatens the use, prestige of Kitt Peak's telescopes

Federal budget cutting threatens the use, prestige of Kitt Peak's telescopes

The biggest telescopes on the mountain will have to find new uses, new users and new money in the coming years.

November 10, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Kitt Peak National Observatory

Kitt Peak National Observatory

Stars swirl around the North Star, just to the left of the Kitt Peak observatory, in a 40-minute exposure.

November 09, 2013 5:51 pm

Free astronomy family fun night

The University of Arizona Astronomy Club, astronomy graduate students and postdocs are hosting an astronomy family fun night at Himmel Park Public Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave. at 6 p.m. tomorrow.

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Anything you can imagine happening in our vast universe already has

Anything you can imagine happening in our vast universe already has

These four guys are devising a way to instantly find the dozen "rarest of the rare" events among the million phenomena that will be seen each night by the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.

October 18, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Join the world in looking at the moon from the University of Arizona campus

Join the world in looking at the moon from the University of Arizona campus

International Observe the Moon Night will be celebrated with telescopes, talks and a laser-light show.

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Comet Ison is looking pretty good as it approaches the sun

Comet Ison is looking pretty good as it approaches the sun

If the sun-grazing comet survives its close approach with the sun in November, it could be visible to the naked eye in December.

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Calling all lunatics

Calling all lunatics

International Observe the Moon Night is Saturday

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