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Welcome to the University of Arizona Astronomy Club website! Our goal is to inspire and assist anybody with a passion or interest in astronomy and science. We provide opportunities to work on astronomy projects with other students and astronomers who care deeply about astronomy education.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Spring 2014 meetings will be held on Mondays from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM in Steward Observatory room N305, beginning on 1/27/14. Please see the Meeting Notes page for meeting notes.

The ATOMM program main page is now live! Please feel free to visit the page to learn more about this new peer tutoring opportunity. In the future, the page can be accessed through the Astronomy section of the Resources page. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Check out the special session organized by the UA Astronomy Club at the 223rd American Astronomical Society meeting in DC: AAS 223 Session 159 Video or search Youtube for uaastroclub and AAS 223 Session 159.

To join the club, we encourage you to show up to our meetings and join in on our projects or events! Semester dues are $10 which goes toward all of the projects and activities in which we participate. Please peruse our website for much more information about our club. If you have any questions, please use the form on the Contact page.

OFFICE HOURS

Thaxton: Thursdays from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Megan: Wednesdays from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM and from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sam: Tuesdays from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM and from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Carmen: Mondays from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM and Wednesdays from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Ali: Mondays from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM and Thursdays from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Matthew: Mondays from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

If you’re in Phoenix near Arizona State University, join our friends at the ASU Astronomy Club!

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NASA Image of the Day

Hubble Looks at Light and Dark in the Universe

 
This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a variety of intriguing cosmic phenomena. Surrounded by bright stars, towards the upper middle of the frame we see a small young stellar object (YSO) known as SSTC2D J033038.2+303212. Located in the constellation of Perseus, this star is in the early stages of its life and is still forming into a fully-grown star. In this view from Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys(ACS) it appears to have a murky chimney of material emanating outwards and downwards, framed by bright bursts of gas flowing from the star itself. This fledgling star is actually surrounded by a bright disk of material swirling around it as it forms — a disc that we see edge-on from our perspective. However, this small bright speck is dwarfed by its cosmic neighbor towards the bottom of the frame, a clump of bright, wispy gas swirling around as it appears to spew dark material out into space. The bright cloud is a reflection nebula known as [B77] 63, a cloud of interstellar gas that is reflecting light from the stars embedded within it. There are actually a number of bright stars within [B77] 63, most notably the emission-line star LkHA 326, and it nearby neighbor LZK 18. These stars are lighting up the surrounding gas and sculpting it into the wispy shape seen in this image. However, the most dramatic part of the image seems to be a dark stream of smoke piling outwards from [B77] 63 and its stars — a dark nebula called Dobashi 4173. Dark nebulae are incredibly dense clouds of pitch-dark material that obscure the patches of sky behind them, seemingly creating great rips and eerily empty chunks of sky. The stars speckled on top of this extreme blackness actually lie between us and Dobashi 4173. European Space Agency Credit: ESA/NASA
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