Mt. Wilson Observatory

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

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

How I fell in love with science journalism

I’ve always been a science nerd, ever since I was a little girl. Growing up, my favorite place to visit in my hometown was the natural history museum and my favorite subject in school was always science. I wanted to be an astronaut or a marine biologist. When I reached middle school, I got really into journalism. I loved reading the newspaper, always checking the … Continue reading How I fell in love with science journalism

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2018: The Year of Travel

2018 is over! What an adventure this year was. Looking back at my year, I truly have so much to be lucky for. I touched 27 U.S. states, visited hundreds of cities, and met people I never imagined possible. So, without further ado, here is my 2018 year in review… My year started with a road trip from my hometown of Tucson, Arizona, to Washington … Continue reading 2018: The Year of Travel

I Finished My 4th NASA Internship!

Interning with the Hubble Space Telescope at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center I am so lucky to have finished my fourth NASA internship! This post is a little delayed as I was finishing up my internship, finishing summer school courses, moving back across the country from Washington D.C. to Tucson, AZ, and then started school shortly after. But, it was all such a whirlwind experience … Continue reading I Finished My 4th NASA Internship!

Fires, Lasers, Squirrels, and Telescopes: A Tour of the Large Binocular Telescope

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 cost over $8 billion dollars.     “A pair of … Continue reading Fires, Lasers, Squirrels, and Telescopes: A Tour of the Large Binocular Telescope

Rotating Telescopes & Collaboration: A Tour of the Multiple Mirror Telescope

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, technology has significantly advanced and the MMT is no longer … Continue reading Rotating Telescopes & Collaboration: A Tour of the Multiple Mirror Telescope