Fires, Lasers, Squirrels, and Telescopes: A Tour of the Large Binocular Telescope on Mt. Graham, Arizona

Story first featured on the University of Arizona Steward Observatory’s education program “Active Galactic Videos” here.  In June of 2004, the Nuttal Fire began along the southern rims of the Pinaleño Mountains in southern Arizona, sparked in two separate locations by lightning strikes. Over the course of a month, the fire burned nearly 30,000 acres and…

The Beauty of the Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC

Imagine being in Disneyland (or any popular amusement park) in the summertime. Now image it being 50*F outside and it's not actually Disneyland. That's what the cherry blossom festival felt like in Washington D.C., USA. ...But it was definitely worth it! I traveled into downtown D.C. via metro, which was abnormally busy, and got off…

Rotating Telescopes & Collaboration: A Tour of the Multiple Mirror Telescope, near Tucson, Arizona

Story first featured on the University of Arizona Steward Observatory's education program "Active Galactic Videos" here.  Atop Mount Hopkins near Tucson, Arizona, stands the Multiple Mirror Telescope. At the time of its establishment in 1979, it was the third largest telescope in the world – even President Carter sent congratulations on its dedication. Since its construction,…