Sponsors

The following organizations have supported Astronomy Club through monetary donations. Their support continues to allow our organization to make an impact at the U of A, in the Tucson community, and beyond. For that, we sincerely thank you.

If you would like to donate money or astronomy equipment, please contact Megan Nieberding, the current University of Arizona Astronomy Club president, by using the email listed on our Contact page.

Sponsors:

Associated Students of the University of Arizona (ASUA)
Donation >$4000

  • Binocular Telescope Project (primary mirrors, eyepieces)
  • Club T-shirts
  • Travel to send 3 students to the 217th American Astronomical Society (AAS) Meeting in Seattle
  • Registration fees for 3 students for the 218th AAS Meeting in Boston
Associated Students of the University of Arizona

Associated Students of the University of Arizona

 

Riverside Telescope Makers Conference (RTMC) Holmes Grant Committee
Donation $800

  • Binocular Telescope Project (secondary mirrors, structural components)
Riverside Telescope Makers Conference

Riverside Telescope Makers Conference

 

The Toler Family
Donation $100, and club banner

  • General club expenses

Ms. Hannah Zanowski
Donation $100

  • General club expenses
  • AAS meeting expenses

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NASA Image of the Day

Hubble Sweeps a Messy Star Factory

 
This sprinkle of cosmic glitter is a blue compact dwarf galaxy known as Markarian 209. Galaxies of this type are blue-hued, compact in size, gas-rich, and low in heavy elements. They are often used by astronomers to study star formation, as their conditions are similar to those thought to exist in the early Universe. Markarian 209 in particular has been studied extensively. It is filled with diffuse gas and peppered with star-forming regions towards its core. This image captures it undergoing a particularly dramatic burst of star formation, visible as the lighter blue cloudy region towards the top right of the galaxy. This clump is filled with very young and hot newborn stars. This galaxy was initially thought to be a young galaxy undergoing its very first episode of star formation, but later research showed that Markarian 209 is actually very old, with an almost continuous history of forming new stars. It is thought to have never had a dormant period — a period during which no stars were formed — lasting longer than 100 million years. The dominant population of stars in Markarian 209 is still quite young, in stellar terms, with ages of under 3 million years. For comparison, the sun is some 4.6 billion years old, and is roughly halfway through its expected lifespan. The observations used to make this image were taken using Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys, and span the ultraviolet, visible, and infrared parts of the spectrum. A scattering of other bright galaxies can be seen across the frame, including the bright golden oval that could, due to a trick of perspective, be mistaken as part of Markarian 209 but is in fact a background galaxy. European Space Agency ESA/Hubble & NASA Acknowledgement: Nick Rose
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