LPL Spotlight Stories
As Reflective Satellites Fill the Skies, UArizona Students Are Making Sure Astronomers Can Adapt
University of Arizona students have completed the first comprehensive brightness study to characterize mega-constellation satellites cluttering the skies.
Project RAVEN, Summer 2022
Associate Professor Christopher Hamilton is again in Iceland this summer, leading a team in support of his RAVEN project. RAVEN combines rovers and drones to explore landscapes that may otherwise be inaccessible, such as young volcanic terrains on Mars that are too rough for a rover to traverse.
Webb Telescope's Stunning First Images Made Possible by UArizona Instruments and Expertise
The highly anticipated observations mark just the beginning of many years of new science and discovery, and University of Arizona experts are at the helm.
OSIRIS-REx Scientists: Taking Asteroid Sample Was Like Punching a Ball Pit
Before-and-after images and measurements revealed a treasure trove of data from the few seconds that it took for the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to collect an asteroid sample, which is currently en route to Earth.
Dying stars could seed interstellar medium with carbon nanotubes
Evidence suggests that carbon nanotubes, tiny tubes consisting of pure carbon, could be forged in the envelopes of dust and gas surrounding dying stars. The findings propose a simple, yet elegant mechanism for the formation and survival of complex carbon molecules in space.
Planetary Defense Exercise Uses Apophis as Hazardous Asteroid Stand-in
Over 100 participants from 18 countries – including UArizona scientists and NASA's UArizona-led NEOWISE mission – took part in the international exercise.
How to Spot Asteroids
“Stay up all night,” says Gregory Leonard , a research scientist at the University of Arizona’s Catalina Sky Survey , who uses a network of powerful telescopes to find and track what NASA calls near-Earth objects, including asteroids that come within 120 million miles of the sun. Go looking in a place without light pollution on a cloudless night with a steady atmosphere. Avoid a full moon.
Dr. Sarah Moran Named UArizona Sursum Fellow
Dr. Moran was selected for her proposal on Haze Evolution in sub-Neptune Exoplanets through UV Laboratory Experiments .
Dr. Sukrit Ranjan Joins LPL Faculty Starting Fall 2022
Sukrit's work is focused on the origin of life on Earth, the search for life on other worlds, and the atmospheres of rocky exoplanets. He applies photochemistry to questions related to the origin of life on Earth and the search for life on other worlds.
NASA Deputy Administrator: UArizona a 'Crown Jewel' for the US
During a visit to campus, NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy discussed some of the space agency's most ambitious and impactful space missions with the UArizona scientists who pursue them.