March, 2021
Astronomy News

You are invited to join us for our virtual 

High Fire Casting 

of the sixth primary mirror for the
Giant Magellan Telescope

Saturday, March 6, 2021  1:30 - 2:30 pm MST

We are virtually celebrating the creation of the sixth segment of the Giant Magellan Telescope’s primary mirror array during the High Fire phase.

This casting of an 8.4 meter telescope mirror is a major milestone moment in the engineering process.  The process is fascinating and you will have access to learn more and ask questions.

Monday, March 8
7:30 pm MST | Arizona

“Imaging Exoplanets and Searching for Life with the Giant Magellan Telescope”


Dr. Jared Males, Steward Observatory

No registration needed

You are invited to join us

March 13 at 6 pm - 6 am

This will be our first virtual observing marathon hosted by the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter
Limited spots available
The Messier Marathon is an event for amateur astronomers and sky-gazers around the world to observe as many objects as possible (out of 110) from the Messier Catalogue of Nebulae and Star Clusters in a single night. 
We will be live-stream images of the objects throughout the night from our 32” Schulman Telescope, accompanied by interesting information on the Messier objects, guest presentations on related topics, and other exciting astronomical information over the course of the entire night, until dawn. More information

The Webb Telescope, NASA’s Golden surfer, Is Almost Ready, Again

After decades of fits and starts, the multibillion dollar successor to the Hubble telescope is expected to launch as soon as this fall. Learn more

TIMESTEP, ELE Optics, and Arizona FORGE: creating opportunities for students in STEM

FORGE recently got to witness the powerful transformation that takes place when students have the opportunity to gain real-life industry experience. In this week’s newsletter, we’ll introduce you to the TIMESTEP program and share the story one of their interns who worked alongside ELE Optics, a FORGE Ahead resident startup. We hope you will be inspired to think of ways to create more experiential education opportunities for students in your sphere. Learn more

A New Way to Look for Life-Sustaining Planets

New capabilities developed by an international team of astronomers make it possible to directly image planets that could potentially harbor life within the habitable zone of a neighboring star system. Learn more

ASPERA UArizona Mission

Carlos Varga, a postdoctoral research at Steward Observatory will be leading a $20 million mission to build a new space telescope. Watch interview

University of Arizona asteroid hunters overcome virus, wildfire in record year of discoveries

The NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey identified 1,548 new near-Earth objects last year, the most productive year in the decades-old search for dangerous space rocks in our immediate cosmic neighborhood. Learn more

UArizona-Led HiRISE Camera Helped Guide Mars Rover to the Perfect Spot

The camera also captured the descent of NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover. Learn more             More Rover news

Lecture Podcasts

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