Observatory Open House

Our Open House events are held on Friday nights at the Tombaugh Observatory on the NMSU campus (click here to see its location). They occur roughly once per month, often near the time of the first-quarter Moon from September through May, and occasionally during the summer. Each evening program includes a short presentation, followed by guided observing through telescopes. You may call 646.4438 for more information about the program for a specific month. Children are particularly encouraged to attend!

If the weather looks cloudy or stormy on the afternoon of an Open House Event, please call 646.6278 to confirm that the observatory will be open that evening. We cannot operate the telescopes under conditions of heavy clouds, high humidity, high winds, dusty conditions, or rain.

Sep
29
Fri
Campus Observatory Open House
Sep 29 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Campus Observatory Open House @ Campus Observatory

Welcome to the first open house of the 2017 Fall Semester. Your hosts will be: James McAteer, Jodi Berdis, Carlos Vargas, and Julie Imig.

The (September) Autumnal Equinox.

September Night Sky Chart.

Oct
27
Fri
Observatory Open House
Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Observatory Open House

Your hosts for the October Open House at the Campus Observatory are Kristian Finlator, Sten Hasselquist, Rachel Marra, and Aleczander Herczeg.

The Calendar of Astronomical Events for October 2017

October Night Sky Chart.

Nov
17
Fri
Observatory Open House
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Observatory Open House

Your hosts for the November Campus Observatory Open House are Chris Churchill, Sean Sellers, Sam Schonfeld, and Sarah Kovac.

 

The Calendar of Astronomical Events for November 2017

November Night Sky Chart.

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

Your hosts for the December Campus Observatory Open House are Anatoly Klypin, Gordon MacDonald, Xander Thelen, and Minje Beom.

 

The Winter Solstice

December Night Sky Chart.

Jan
26
Fri
Observatory Open House
Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Observatory Open House

Your hosts for the January 2018 Campus Observatory Open House are Rene Walterbos, Jeremy Emmett, and Caitlin Doughty.

Feb
23
Fri
Observatory Open House
Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Observatory Open House

Your hosts for the February Campus Observatory Open House are Moire Prescott, Agnar Hall, Emma Dahl, and Kristen Luchsinger.

Mar
16
Fri
Observatory Open House
Mar 16 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Observatory Open House

Your hosts for the March Campus Observatory Open House are Jon Holtzman, Ethan Dederick, Lauren Kahre, and David DeColibus.

Apr
20
Fri
Observatory Open House
Apr 20 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Observatory Open House

Your hosts for the April Campus Observatory Open House are Jason Jackiewicz, Kathryn Steakley, and Laurel Farris.

May
11
Fri
Observatory Open House
May 11 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Observatory Open House

Your hosts for the May Campus Observatory Open House are Nancy Chanover, Trevor Picard, and Drew Chojnowski.