Astronomy

An artist's impression of the quasar Pōniuāʻena, the first quasar to receive an Indigenous Hawaiian name. (Image: International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/P. Marenfeld)
June 25, 2020
The discovery of the most massive quasar known in the early universe challenges current theories of supermassive black hole formation and growth.
The latest design of the enclosure, telescope and site at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. (Image: M3 Engineering)
June 23, 2020
The Giant Magellan Telescope promises to deliver breakthrough discoveries.
Christopher Impey, University Distinguished Professor of astronomy, delivers a video lecture as part of his massive online open course.
June 18, 2020
In a complicated economic environment, pay-what-you-can programs, massive open online courses and extended corporate partner benefits are making UArizona offerings more accessible.
Artist's illustration of complex organic molecules in space. Image: NASA/Jenny Mottar
June 11, 2020
Astronomers probed a vast, cosmic cloud of gas and dust for traces of organic molecules that form building blocks for life. They found that such molecules appear hundreds of thousands of years before stars start to form.
This artist's illustration depicts the collision of two 125-mile-wide icy, dusty bodies orbiting the bright star Fomalhaut, located 25 light-years away. (Illustration: ESA, NASA and M. Kornmesser)
April 20, 2020
Astronomers believe that what was once thought to be an exoplanet in a nearby star system was actually a cloud of fine dust resulting from a collision in space.
As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Lindsey Koelbel will complete a summer internship with HawkEye 360, a radio frequency data analytics company that operates a first-of-its-kind constellation of commercial satellites.
Feb. 6, 2020
University of Arizona junior Lindsey Koelbel will intern at HawkEye 360 for the summer as part of a program for women and gender-minority students in aerospace.
In this artist's rendering of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in space, the background is shown in infrared light. (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
Jan. 30, 2020
The Spitzer Infrared Space Telescope, featuring instruments and technology developed at the University of Arizona, has lifted the veil on objects in nearly every corner of the universe.
Jan. 9, 2020
The new NEID instrument, designed to measure the motion of nearby stars with extreme precision, has obtained "first light" and is ready to embark on its quest to characterize exoplanets as small as Earth.
This image shows sample site Nightingale, OSIRIS-REx’s primary sample collection site on asteroid Bennu. The image is overlaid with a graphic of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to illustrate the scale of the site. (Image: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona)
Dec. 12, 2019
The OSIRIS-REx mission team evaluated four candidate sites and identified site Nightingale as the best option for the sample collection, with site Osprey named as the backup.

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