March 7th, 2020: Apache Point Observatory Open House

Apache Point Observatory (APO), which is normally closed to the public, will be hosting an Open House on March 7th, 2020. It will be a free event, open to everyone, and will include daytime tours of APO, science activities and demonstrations, and nighttime eyepiece viewing through the large 3.5-m telescope!

Daytime tours will last from 2-5 PM, and will include tours of the 2.5-m and 3.5-m telescope, as well as viewing of the Sun through smaller solar telescopes, and family-friendly hands-on activities.

From 5 PM-Midnight, the Sunspot Visitors Center will be hosting family-friendly hands-on demonstrations, activities, and telescope viewings with graduate students from the NMSU Astronomy Department.

3.5-m telescope eyepiece viewings, which will take place from 6-11 PM, will require advance reservation by phone – call the observatory to reserve a spot at 575-437-6822. If you are attending the 3.5-m telescope viewing, be prepared for freezing temperatures and for climbing 3 stories of stairs at altitude. Children under the age of 10 are also not allowed, for safety reasons.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact APO at 575-437-6822. The observatory is located at 2001 Apache Point Road, Sunspot, NM 88349-0059.


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