Astr110 Observatory
Nov 14 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Observatory Open House
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Observatory Open House

Host: Moire Prescott. Assisted by Emma Dahl, Drew Chojnowski, and Oana Vesa.

Observatory Open House
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Observatory Open House

Host: Jason Jackiewicz. Assisted by Jeremy Emmett, Caitlin Doughty, and Annie Hedlund.

Lunar Eclipse – Public Outreach Event
Jan 20 @ 7:45 pm – 10:30 pm
Lunar Eclipse - Public Outreach Event

The NMSU Astronomy Department will be holding a two-part public event for the January 20th total lunar eclipse!

Starting at 7:45 PM, Professor Kristian Finlator will give a talk on the eclipse in the Biology Annex (located here) from 7:45 PM to 8:15 PM, with a second provisional talk planned at 8:30 PM in case attendance is too high for everyone to fit into the room for the first talk.

From 8:30 pm to 10:30 PM the telescopes at Tombaugh Observatory (located here, a short walk/drive from the Biology Annex) will be opened and graduate students will be on hand to answer questions and run the telescopes. Feel free to come to one or both of these events, or to arrive to the telescopes at any time between 8:30 and 10:30. Please keep in mind, the eclipse begins around 8:30, but totality (or, when the moon turns red from fully entering Earth’s shadow) doesn’t begin until ~9:40 PM. The Society of Astronomy Students will also be on site with hot chocolate!

Parking is available at both locations. If there is a possibility of inclement weather, please call the Observatory Hotline (575-646-6278) to make sure that we will have the telescopes open (if there’s a chance of rain, we will not open the telescopes, and we will leave a message at this number saying so).

Observatory Open House
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Observatory Open House

Host: Nancy Chanover. Assisted by Sean Sellers, Sarah Kovac, and Farhanul Hasan

Public Talk: Janna Levin: Black Hole Blues
Mar 5 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Observatory Open House
Mar 15 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Observatory Open House

Host: Rene Walterbos. Assisted by Minje Boem, Aleczander Herczeg, and Kelly Sanderson/

Colloquium: Jack Burns
Mar 19 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Colloquium: Jack Burns @ Domenici Hall 109

Our Future in Space: The Moon and Beyond

Jack Burns, University of Colorado Boulder

Why do we explore space? How do we explore
space? Where should we explore? What are
the tools for space exploration? These questions will be addressed in this talk focused on
the future of human and robotic exploration of
the solar system and beyond. Since the end of
the Apollo program, the justification for the human space program has proven elusive. We will
borrow a page from the computer and new
commercial space companies to argue for an
inspirational approach to the next phase of
exploration beyond Earth orbit. The “how” is
addressed with NASA’s new Orion and Space
Launch Systems along with new launch systems being developed by private companies
such as SpaceX and Blue Origin. We will argue
that both the Moon and Mars can be explored
through a combination of governmental programs, international partnerships, and public-
private partnerships. The tools for exploration
include telerobotics where astronauts aboard
NASA’s Lunar Gateway in orbit of the Moon
will operate rovers and deploy telescopes on
the lunar surface in a new synergy between
robots and humans.

Observatory Open House
Apr 12 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Observatory Open House

Host: Anatoly Klypin. Assisted by Jodie Berdis, Julie Imig, and Rogelio Ochoa.

Observatory Open House
May 10 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Observatory Open House

Host: Kristian Finlator. Assisted by Rachel Marra, David Decolibus, and Sean Sellers.