A blooming treat in the desert

Story originally published on the Arizona Sonora News Service This year’s superbloom in southern Arizona was a bright and colorful sight that will soon be fading into the glare of summer. With rains late in the winter season and cooler temperatures continuing through the winter, wildflowers thrived throughout the region from March to April.   “We’ve had more flowers this year than in many years past,” said Andy Fisher, the … Continue reading A blooming treat in the desert

My Favorite Things to do in Oceanside, California

Happy spring break!! It’s that time of the year again when all of us students are travelling to the beach and enjoying the (brief) break from classes. Oceanside, California, is honestly one of my favorite places in the world. In middle and high school, it was my absolute number one favorite place, especially to visit for spring break. Since then, I’ve traveled quite a bit … Continue reading My Favorite Things to do in Oceanside, California

‘Shooting stars’ and the quest to collect meteorites

Story originally published on the Arizona Sonora News Service Imagine being flown out into the middle of the Russian wilderness by helicopter. The helicopter drops you off with rations and supplies to last you a few weeks, which you’ll carry around with you. There is no Wi-Fi, no television, no bathing except in the frigid river water – and no civilization in sight. You won’t … Continue reading ‘Shooting stars’ and the quest to collect meteorites

Mt. Wilson Observatory, California

My work at the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory took me on an unexpected trip to Mount Wilson, California. Mt. Wilson is a 100+ year old observatory about 35 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles in the Angeles National Forest. It’s a beautiful 1.5 hour drive and there are also hikes that lead visitors through the observatory. Mt. Wilson is often overlooked by travelers hoping … Continue reading Mt. Wilson Observatory, California

Asteroid Sample Return at the University of Arizona

Asteroid Sample Return at the University of Arizona By Emmalee Mauldin Located down in the depths of the Gerard P. Kuiper Space Sciences Building on campus at the University of Arizona lies a laboratory for an extraterrestrial sample not even acquired yet. The University of Arizona is the proud manager of the NASA OSIRIS-REx mission, which will be utilizing these labs in a few years. … Continue reading Asteroid Sample Return at the University of Arizona