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Artist conception of the James Webb Space Telescope. A tennis-court-sized shield will keep the extremely sensitive infrared detection instruments out of sun's rays.

University of Arizona astronomers are set to help lead research allowed by the once-in-a-generation science project that is the James Webb Space Telescope. It blasted off Christmas Day. Read more»

The NEID spectrometer looks for Earth-like planets outside our solar system by measuring slight changes in the light coming from distant stars.

The NEID spectrometer, one of the most precise instruments for detecting planets and being used at the Kitt Peak National Observatory on the Tohono O’odham Nation west of Tucson, is looking for Earth-like planets outside our solar system. Read more»

The Kuiper 61-inch, a telescope atop Mount Lemmon, is named after Gerard Kuiper, founder of the UA’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Kuiper’s other namesakes include the UA’s earth sciences building and the Kuiper Belt, an asteroid belt on the edge of the Solar System.

Atop the Santa Catalina Mountains, a UA astronomer burns the midnight oil to collect gamma ray emissions from a black hole estimated to be 4 billion light years away. Read more»

Kitt Peak

The dark night skies and dry air in Arizona make it a hot spot for the astronomy industry, which has generated a significant amount of money for the state. Read more»

A picture of the movable secondary mirror during its installation in the Arcetri lab. The image shows the 672 tiny magnets spread over the back of the mirror. The reflecting face of the mirror is face down. The upper portion contains the electro-mechanical devices that control the magnets.

Fulfilling decades of promise, the international Large Binocular Telescope on Mount Graham is now capable of delivering the sharpest images of the universe ever taken. Read more»

NASA's Cassini's spacecraft captured this image of Saturn's Titan moon.

Two researchers from Arizona and Arizona State universities are being hailed in the field of astrobiology, and a UA professor was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Read more» 1