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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…
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NMSU astronomers contribute to discovery of giant magnetic ropes in galaxy’s halo

Original story can be found here: https://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/13997/nmsu-astronomers-contribute-to-discovery-of-giant-magnetic-ropes-in-galaxy-s-halo   A New Mexico State University astronomy professor and his former graduate students are part of an international team of astronomers whose work helped create an image of the “Whale Galaxy” (NGC 4631), made with the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), that reveals…
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Apache Point ranked No. 2 among U.S. college observatories

See the exciting news story in the NMSU News Center report: https://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/13950/apache-point-ranked-no-2-among-u-s-college-observatories

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Graduate student Drew Chojnowski’s discovery of new magnetic stars

This story is reprinted from a Las Cruces Sun news article written by Matthew Legarreta of New Mexico State University. The science article can be found here. Using data collected by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey telescope located at nearby Apache Point Observatory, a graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico…
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We mourn the passing of Dr. Bill Webber

  We are very sad to announce that Professor Bill Webber passed away on November 28, 2018. Bill remained keenly interested in his research of the Voyager mission data to the last moments in his life and continued to publish papers as recent as in August. Bill and his wife Barbara also contributed generously to…
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2017 Total Solar Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, millions of people across the United States will see nature’s most wondrous spectacle — a total eclipse of the Sun. It is a scene of unimaginable beauty; the Moon completely blocks the Sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight, and the Sun’s corona shimmers in the darkened sky. In Las Cruces, you…
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Nancy Chanover named director of telescope at Apache Point Observatory

Nancy Chanover is the first New Mexico State University astronomy professor to be named director of the 3.5-meter telescope at the Apache Point Observatory. The NMSU astronomy department operates the observatory for the Astrophysical Research Corporation (ARC), a collaborative partnership of eight universities that includes NMSU, University of Washington, Johns Hopkins University, Georgia State University,…
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Finlator et al. explores cosmic reionization

What created the light that flowed between galaxies when the Universe was only a billion years old? Measuring it is akin to taking the young Universe’s pulse, and working out where it came from is akin to guessing the Universe’s diet. The light could have come from hot, massive stars within young galaxies.  Alternatively, it…
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