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Ron Cottrell took this photo the partial eclipse last month from his patio in Oro Valley. He said it is actually it is comprised of several images made into a single composite using a very special solar telescope.
Faster than a speeding bullet comes the comet Siding Spring, which will have the attention of UA scientists as it passes Mars on Oct. 19.
University of Arizona Police Officer Andrew Lincowski joined planetary scientists at NASA this summer to search for exoplanets that might have the potential to harbor life.
More than 25 years ago, an abandoned NASA spacecraft fulfilled its mission, fell silent and has since been hurtling around the sun, somewhere between the orbits of Earth and Mars. Now, a University of Arizona engineering student is trying to wake it up.
Ten feet beneath the pavement where students walk and bike on their way to class, workers clad in yellow protection suits, goggles and disposable gloves crowd inside a tunnel, attaching what appears to be wallpaper to the inside.
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(BPT) - Have you noticed your loved one having trouble seeing what they’re doing at the stove? Are they having trouble recognizing which grandchild is asking for help tying his shoe?
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The Pima County Sheriff’s Department Burglary Unit is investigating two suspects in connection with three burglaries. The suspects have been seen in video footage using stolen credit cards from some of the burglaries. Detectives are seeking help from the public in identifying the suspects in the attached video footage.
(BPT) - Each week, the average person spends between 10 and 20 hours doing yard work and other tasks around the home, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While necessary, these routine tasks don’t exactly fit neatly into today’s busy, on-the-go lifestyles, which is why technology is stepping in.
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department Burglary Unit is investigating a burglary and attempted burglary that occurred near Soldier Trail and Fort Lowell Road in the Rincon District.
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The space movie “Gravity” will provide a huge splashdown at next month’s 86th Academy Awards on March 2. With 10 Academy Award nominations, including the big three for Best Picture, Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron) and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Sandra Bullock), look for “Gravity” to bring favorites “American Hustle” and “12 Years a Slave” back to Earth on Oscar Night. Director Cuaron stands an excellent chance to win for Best Director giving his film an outside shot at Best Picture.
If you have a sense of curiosity about those twinkling lights in the night sky, come to Catalina State Park for the next Star Party. As news evolves everyday from the many probes into our universe, everyone seems to be more fascinated about night skies including details like the rings around Saturn and tracking down glittering galaxies. A galaxy can be only 2.5 million light-years away and you can see it with the naked eye. Jupiter’s moons you can see with binoculars. Now imagine what you can see with the 10 big telescopes that these astronomers will have at Catalina State Park Telescopes can get you to those ghostly nebulae, star clusters, the moon’s cratered landscapes, and Venus’ crescent phases, but a good pair of binoculars can help you do that, too.
Astronomy magazine editors return next month to Pima Community College’s East Campus for a special event for amateur astronomers of all ages.
University of Arizona computer scientists are teaming up with astronomers at the National Optical Astronomical Observatory to develop a computer program that will sort through the millions of objects detected by the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and create a list of priorities for astronomers to investigate. The project has recently received a three-year INSPIRE grant, worth more than $700,000, from the National Science Foundation.
The New Year is finally upon us, Tucson. With the winter festivities and holiday spirit now racing away in the rearview, it is time to look ahead and see what 2014 may bring. The beginning of a new year can bring about many trails as people struggle to stick to their resolutions while others give up a week in. Instead of stressing about being a better person, take some time to look around your city for some fun. Located under the east wing of the UA football stadium is the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory Mirror Laboratory. This facility is responsible for creating “giant, lightweight mirrors of unprecedented power for a new generation of optical and infrared telescopes.” One of the most impressive science facilities in the world is tucked away under our own recently remolded stadium. The Mirror Lab has been producing unique, large scale mirrors for super powerful telescopes since 1985. Now responsible for creating the most powerful mirrors in the world, the UA Mirror Lab Tours is a short day trip packed with interesting sights and information. A tour of these labs offers an extremely unique opportunity to experience how the university in your very city is working to produce some of the most exceptional and important equipment involved in scientific research today. Tours of the facility offer a behind the scenes look at the amazing work done by the scientists as well as a look at the spin-casting process that creates the giant telescopic mirrors. The Mirror Lab is currently working on equipment for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, the Giant Magellan Telescope, as well as the Large Binocular Telescope, three of the most powerful pieces of scientific achievements to date. Each of these machines are capable of taking amazingly wide and deep views into our universe and open up new avenues of knowledge to scientists. Tours of the facility are offered throughout the month, every Tuesday and Friday as well as some Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11a.m. and 1p.m. Reservations are required in advance to get a spot on the tour and are available to be made either by phone or by email. Each tour lasts 90 minutes and is primarily made up of standing, walking, and going up and down stairs so keep that in mind if you plan on taking the trip. The tours are by no means a burden on your wallet, either. Tickets are only $15 for adults and $8 for students aged 7-22 years. Unfortunately because the Mirror Lab is a production facility, children under the age of 7 are not allowed on the tours for safety. There are also group rates for parties over 10. Instead of lounging around while the kids are off from school; take them out to learn something. Little did they know that right in their own city they could find one of the most impressive scientific facilities dedicated to making the most impressive mirrors for the most powerful telescopes in the world. Any kid with an interest in space in space and science would be hard pressed to find a better campus than at the University of Arizona to feed their desire for knowledge.
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