Adam's Universe

After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in astronomy and physics in the 1990s, Adam Block became one of the world’s foremost astrophotographers. He captures spectacular images of distant galaxies, nebulae and dying stars and brings astronomy into terms laypeople can understand at the UA Science's Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter.

A Major Grant to Model the Monsoon

What if we had a better understanding of the North American monsoon and how it affected the soil, invasive and native plants and fire cycles? The powerful winds that give rise to spectacular late summer storms in the desert southwest also drive changes in the region’s ecology.

Regents' Professor Michael J. Drake, 1946-2011

Today, we recognize the passing of Regents' Professor Michael Drake and honor his achievements, which include serving as principal investigator on the OSIRIS-REx mission, an effort now underway to return an asteroid sample to Earth.

UA Alumnus Wins Nobel Prize

Brian Schmidt, Ph.D., class of 1989, has secured one of the top scientific honors on the planet as one of three recipients of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. The award honors a discovery that has rocked our understanding of the cosmos: The universe is expanding at an ever-faster pace.

OSIRIS-REx: Tapping Asteroid RQ36

Asteroid 1999 RQ36 passes near Earth every six years. Not only does it potentially house organic compounds that may have been the precursors to life; it could impact us in 2182 unless we visit RQ36 – and bring a sample back to Earth.

Regents' Professor Marcia Rieke Searches for the Start of Stuff

For over 30 years, astronomer Marcia Rieke has been exploring the history of the universe, most recently leading an international effort to survey far-infrared wavelengths from deep space.


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