Tomorrow, We See Farther

Tomorrow, We See Farther

What compels us to look to the heavens? To dream of distant galaxies and worlds unexplored? To say to ourselves…tomorrow, we see farther? In the final part of the series Collecting Light: An Exploration of Arizona Astronomy, we look at two projects that will...
Dark Skies, Bright Future

Dark Skies, Bright Future

Arizona became a center for astronomy in the early 20th century because of its clear, dark skies. The cities were small, remote mountaintops were plentiful, and clouds were rare. The state boasted up to nine months a year of near-perfect conditions for astronomy.In...
The Age of the Giant Telescope

The Age of the Giant Telescope

A new “world’s largest telescope” comes along every few years, part of a race to build instruments that see farther into the heavens.In part three of Collecting Light: An Exploration of Arizona Astronomy, we learn more about the future of...
A Century of Stargazing

A Century of Stargazing

How did Arizona get to be the epicenter of astronomy in the United States? Part of it was happenstance. But Arizona’s notoriously clear and dark skies played a role, too. In part two of Collecting Light: An Exploration of Arizona Astronomy, we examine the...
The Popular Science of Public Observatories

The Popular Science of Public Observatories

Public interest in astronomy is increasing. As proof, observatories that have public viewing programs book them months in advance. People want to see what the professional astronomers are seeing in the night sky. It’s a sea change from the days when only...

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