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Researchers and scholars at the University of Arizona ask the big questions that generate the important answers. As one of the Top 20 public research universities in the nation, the University combines excellence in research with an outstanding classroom experience for our students—in an environment of creativity and innovation. Our role in the Office for Research & Discovery is to provide our researchers and students with the tools and resources that they need to be creative, to ask the important questions that lead to the important answers. — Kimberly Andrews Espy, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Research

Impacting the ability to continuously discover

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The University of Arizona ranks #1 among observational, theoretical, and space astronomy programs in the US.

Tucson and Pima County have lighting ordinances in place to maintain standards of night lighting that do not interfere with nearby astronomical observatories so we can continue making the discoveries that positively impact society.

When you turn off your lights at night and go into dreamland think about the fact that someone is mapping the sky as you sleep.

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